Name: Simon Philip Van Patten
Birth: 22 FEB 1852 in Georgetown, Washington, DC
Death: 21 SEP 1918 in Little Rock, Pulaski, AR
Burial: 1918 Greenwood Cem., Hot Springs, Garland, AR
!BIR,MAR,DEA: M. VP Polacek, WA; THE VAN PATTEN FAMILY; p. 125, 344
!BIR,MAR,DEA: E. Ellsworth: Family Records
!CEN: 1860 Census; Schenectady, Schenectady Co., NY; age: 7; b. Washington, DC (Listed as Solomon P.)
!CEN: 1870 Census; Probably in Costa Rica, Central America
!DIR: 1874 & 1875 City Directory; Chicago, Cook Co., IL; Draughtsman (Listed as Philip VanPatten)
!CEN: 1880 Census; Chicago, IL or New York City, NY ???
!CEN: 1890 Census; None (burnt in Washington, DC building fire)
!CEN: 1900 Census; Hot Springs, Garland Co., AR; age: 47; married 13 years; b. SEP1852; b. Washington, DC; Father b. NY; Mother b. PA; Architect (Listed as Simon P.)
!CEN: 1910 Census; Hot Springs, Garland Co., AR; age: 56; married 24 years; b. Washington, DC; Father b. NY; Mother b. PA; Architect - Office (Listed as S. P.)
!BUR: Greenwood Cemetery, Hot Springs, Garland Co., AR; 1852 - 1918 (Listed as Simon Philip Van Patten)
!ORDINANCE: 1988 IGI; New York
* Known as Philip.
* Alternate DOB: 22SEP1852 ("Genealogical Record of the Van Patten family 1641-1922").
* Alternate DOD: 21SEP1919 ???.
* Living; Chicago, Cook Co., IL; 1873.
* Living; New York City, New York Co., NY; 1882.
* Wonderfuly researched article by Brad Rockwell named "Secret Public Lives of Philip Van Patten"; published: 2010 is coming soon ??? (accuracy known).
* From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia; there is a large article (accuracy unknown):
"Simon Philip Van Patten (1852-1918), known by his middle name of "Philip," was an American socialist political activist prominent during the latter half of the 1870s and the first half of the 1880s. Van Patten is best remembered for being named the first Corresponding Secretary of the Workingmen's Party of the United States in 1876 and for heading it and its successor organization, the Socialist Labor Party of America, for the next six years. In 1883 Van Patten mysteriously disappeared, with his friends reporting him as a potential suicide to law enforcement authorities. He later turned up ... , however, having abandoned radical politics in favor of stable employment".
"Early years: Simon Philip Van Patten was born February 22, 1852 in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., the son of ethnic Dutch heritage. One early socialist historian characterized Van Patten as "an American of good family, with an excellent education." His father (Charles Toll Hanson Van Patten - 1814-1886) was a renowned naturalist who was a Dutch-speaking confidant of (U.S.) President James Van Buren. Philip Van Patten spent much of his childhood in Costa Rica (Central America). At the age of 21, Philip Van Patten rented a room without a bath or kitchen on the west side of Chicago, and worked as an architectural draftsman downtown. He arrived as the boom of building construction necessitated by the great Chicago fire (*1873) had gone bust due to a national financial crisis. From 1875 through 1876, Van Patten supplemented his income by rendering buildings or drawing maps as an insurance surveyor."
"Later life, death, and legacy: Sometime in the 1890's, Philip Van Patten reemerged as a prominent architect in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Van Patten died on September 20, 1918 in Hot Springs. Only the Little Rock Sentinel-Record newspaper noted his passing, with a one paragraph obituary eulogizing Philip Van Patten as "one of the leading architects of the city". He was 66 years old at the time of his death."
* Socialist Labor Party / Knights of Labor - "The party's fortunes were not improved by the sudden disappearance of its disheartened leader, the brilliant but erratic Philip Van Patten, who left behind a note intimating suicide, only to re-surface some years later as a prosperous architect in Hot Springs, Arkansas". Source: All-American anarchist: Joseph A. Labadie and the labor movement; By Carlotta R. Anderson (pg. 99).
* Photo: National Secretary of Socialist Labor Party, 1877-1883. Source: Labadie Collection, University of Michigan; LPF.1217.
* "Van Patten abandoned New York and he left a suicide note to hide the fact he was seeking government employment is very much disputable. In Van Patten's later correspondence, Van Patten said that his focus on suicide was disrupted by a call from a sister who wanted him to immediately go to Costa Rica to rescue his father. He did that, which in that era took awhile, and he lost interest in suicide. He ended up in Hot Springs, AR, not because of a government job, but because his well-to-do sister lived there and was willing to hire him to design a mansion for her and her husband (Sarah and Dr. Prosper Harvey Ellsworth)".
Source: Brad Rockwell email (Austin, TX); JUL2013.
* S. P. Van Patten Dead
S. P. Van Patten, one of the early settlers in Hot Springs, died yesterday in Little Rock. Some time after the death of Mrs. Van Patten more than a year ago, Mr. Van Patten had been in a very broken down condition. At one time he was one of the leading architects of the city, and some of the largest buildings of the early history of the city were the work of his skill.
The body will be brought here for interment.
Mr. Van Patten was prominately connected with several fraternal orginizations and was very active in the Knights of Pythias organization here for years.
He was a member of the Episcopal church for many years.
Source: Obit with handwritten note of date - Little Rock Sentinel Record; Little Rock, AR; 21SEP1918; pg. 8.
Father: Charles Toll Hanson Van Patten b: 25 OCT 1814 in Fonda, Montgomery, NY
Mother: Amelia Caroline Harper b: 1820 in Gettysburgh, Adams, PA
Laura Belle MacLish b: MAR 1853 in Anderson, Hamilton, OH