MSS 00283 Guide to the John T. Patrick letter to Mrs. A. L. Coble, 1883 December 14

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Patrick, John Tyrant, 1852-1918


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Transferred by Iredell Public Library, 2000 (Accession no. 2000-0011).


Processed by: Special Collections Staff;machine-readable finding aid created by: Dawne E. Howard

Scope and Content Note

This letter, dated December 14, 1883, and sent from John T. Patrick in Wadesboro, North Carolina, to Mrs. A. L. Coble in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, relates details about John T. Patrick's trip to exhibitions in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and Boston, Massachusetts, where he had been promoting North Carolina and encouraging immigration. The letter also reveals Patrick's plan to sell land in North Carolina to northern farmers. Both the original letter and a typed transcription are included.

Biographical Note

John Tyrant Patrick (1852 - 1918) was a journalist and resort developer from Wadesboro, North Carolina. Patrick attracted northerners to North Carolina by advertising inexpensive, fertile land in northern newspapers. In 1883, North Carolina Governor Thomas J. Jarvis appointed Patrick as the head of the Department of Immigration. During his tenure, he established the resort towns of Southern Pines and Pinebluff, North Carolina. He also assisted in the in establishing the North Carolina towns of Pinehurst, Roseland, Peachland, Vaughn, and Southmont.

During his career, Patrick also served as industrial agent of the Seaboard Air-Line Railway and the Southern Pacific Railroad. He later bought property in Rutherford County, North Carolina, and developed the highway from Asheville to Charlotte via Chimney Rock.

For more information about Patrick, see the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, Vol. 5, P-S.

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