W. R. Patton, M. D., physician, and surgeon, Charleston; is a native of Illinois; he was born in Palestine, Crawford Co., Oct. 14, 1836; he is a son of Dr. E. L. Patton, a prominent physician of Palestine, who came from Washington Co., East Tenn., to Crawford Co., about the year 1833, and practiced medicine there until his death, which occurred in December, 1864. Dr. Patton was educated in the public schools, and at Hanover College, Ind., and, in 1858, began the study of medicine in his father’s office. In 1860, he entered Rush Medical College, Chicago; graduating in the spring of 1862. He practiced two years in Palestine, and, in the winter of 1864, came to Charleston, where he has been engaged in the practice of his profession ever since; he is a member of the Æsculapian Society of the Wabash Valley. He was married May 4, 1864, to Miss Hannah Decker, a daughter of Jacob K. Decker, a well-known citizen and early settler of Charleston; they have two children – Fredrick Lieth and Jacob Allen. Dr. Patton served two years on the Board of Aldermen, and is the present Mayor of Charleston, to which office he was elected in 1877.