From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Patton, Humphrey Cornelius, Sr.

(born: 1894) 

Humphrey C. Patton was born in Louisville, KY. He was editor of The Owl, a Detroit weekly tabloid. He was also the only African American line officer (1st Lieutenant) with the 350th regiment, FAAEF. He was the son of Dr. William Patton and Maggie C. Patton, according to the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, when the family was living in Maysville, KY. He was a student at Howard University prior to his military enlistment, according to his draft registration card. Humphrey was the husband of Ruby Lee Holland Patton, born 1895 in CA. The couple married in Washington, D.C. on November 30, 1917, according to the District of Columbia Marriage Index. In 1920, Humphrey Patton was a mechanic at an auto factory in Detroit, he and his family lived on Fredrick Avenue. For more see Who's Who in Colored America, 1928-29.


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NKAA Source: The Owl (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Who's who in colored America a biographical dictionary of notable living persons of African descent in America, 1928-1929

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