Edward J. Patten

Edward James Patten ( born August 22, 1905 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, † September 17, 1994 ) was an American politician. Between 1963 and 1981 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Edward Patten attended the public schools of his home and then the Newark Normal School. After a subsequent law degree from Rutgers Law School in Newark and his 1927 was admitted to the bar he began in Perth Amboy to work in this profession. Between 1927 and 1934 he also worked as a teacher in Elizabeth. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. From 1934 to 1940, Patten mayor of his home town of Perth Amboy; 1940 to 1954 he was employed as a county clerk in the administration of Middlesex County. In the years 1954 to 1962 Patten served as Secretary of State, the executive officers of the State Government of New Jersey. In addition to these activities, he was from 1935 to 1962 a director and advisor to the Woodbridge National Bank.

In the congressional elections of 1962 Patten was in the then newly established 15th electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on January 3, 1963. After eight re- election he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1981 nine legislative sessions. In his time as a congressman fell among other things, the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal. At that time also were the 24th, the 25th and the 26th Amendment to the Constitution ratified. In 1978, Patten was involved in the so-called Korea gate scandal. It dealt with were illegal campaign donations. Unlike some of his colleagues Patten but was acquitted by the ethics committee of the House of Representatives. In 1980 he gave up another candidacy.

After the end of his time in Congress, Edward Patten was still active in various organizations such as the NAACP, the Kiwanis or the Knights of Columbus. Politically, he no longer exhibited. He died on September 17, 1994 in Perth Amboy.