DAVID J. PATTEE was born in Chittenden county, Vermont, December 22, 1839; he died at Okoboji, Iowa, July 1, 1912. He received his education in the public schools and academy of Georgia, Vermont, and was clerk in a general store in that town until the outbreak of the Civil War. He enlisted in Company A, Ninth Vermont Volunteer Infantry and was taken prisoner in the battle of Harper's Ferry. He was paroled shortly afterward and sent to Camp Douglas near Chicago in charge of rebel prisoners, but soon received his discharge on account of disability. He came to Des Moines, recovered his health, and in June, 1864, re-enlisted in Company F, Forty-seventh Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and soon after was promoted to Captain. After a service of a few months he received honorable discharge and returned to Des Moines, engaging in the mercantile business. He was a Republican in politics and held the positions of county supervisor, mayor and postmaster. He was elected Representative from Dallas county in 1883 and served through the Twentieth and Twenty-first General Assemblies. He was always deeply interested in all movements that contributed toward the welfare of Perry and gave to the city twenty acres of land for a park.

- "Notable Deaths" Annals of Iowa. Vol. XI, No. 4. Pp. 236-37. Historical Society of Iowa. Des Moines. January, 1914.
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