Patterson, James a Presbyterian minister, was born at Ervina, Bucks Co., Pa., March 17, 1779. His early educational opportunities were very limited, yet, having entered Jefferson College, he graduated in 1804; studied theology at Princeton, and was licensed to preach Oct. 5, 1808. On August 9 following he was ordained, and installed pastor of the Church of Bound Brook, N. J., which charge he resigned in June, 1813. In September following he was unanimously chosen pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of the Northern Liberties, in Philadelphia, where his ministrations were successful, and where he continued until his death, Nov. 17, 1837. His publications consist of a Missionary Sermin and several Tracts. A Memoir of his life was published by Rev. Robert Adair (Phila. 1840, 8vo). See also Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 4:423 sq.