James Kennedy Patterson
26 March 1833 - 15 August 1922
James Kennedy Patterson was born in 1833 in Scotland. He attended
and received a B.A. in 1856 and an M.A. in 1859.
He taught at the Presbyterian Academy in Greenville, Kentucky from
1856 until 1859, when he moved to Stewart College in Clarksville,
Tennessee. At the start of the Civil War he came to
as principal of
which at the time was a high school. In 1865 Transylvania merged with
Kentucky University and the newly formed
Agricultural and Mechanical College
where he taught and became president in 1869. He retired as president of
the State University of Kentucky in 1910 and died in 1922. He was buried
the first women's dormitory at the University of Kentucky, and the
Patterson Office Tower
were named in his honor.
from University Archives.