About James Fred Patton
A native of Dyer, Arkansas, James Fred Patton was an educator, historian, successful businessman, and community activist. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville with a B.A. and M.A. in history and political science. He did graduate work at Harvard and at George Peabody College. In his career as an educator, he was a teacher, administrator, and school board member in the Fort Smith Public Schools and at Fort Smith Junior College (now University of Arkansas – Fort Smith).
Mr. Patton’s long career included service on many boards and committees associated with projects that benefited the citizens of Fort Smith and of Arkansas. A historian, Mr. Patton was the author of History of Fort Smith, 1817-2000. He was chosen as one of the most influential persons of the decade by the Southwest Times Record and was highly regarded locally for his vision and civic involvement.
Achievements and Contributions of Mr. J. Fred Patton