William Patterson (1752-1835) by Thomas Sully, 1821. 1883.1.1

William Patterson (1752-1835) by Thomas Sully, 1821. 1883.1.1

William Patterson was an Irish immigrant who made his fortune during the Revolutionary War, trading with France for powder and arms for General Washington’s troops. In 1778, when he arrived in Baltimore from Philadelphia, he possessed $100,000 to invest in shipping and real estate. He continued to grow his financial investments and shipping empire throughout his lifetime. In 1827, Patterson donated five acres of land to the city for a park which today is known as Patterson Park.