This is the story of New York Lt. Governor George W. Patterson. Raised in Londonderry, New Hampshire he came to the Genesee Valley in New York in 1818 and rose to assembly speaker before moving to Westfield in Chautauqua County as a Land Agent. He was a friend of William Seward and Thurlow Weed and in 1848 was elected Lt. Govenor with Hamilton Fish as governor. In 1876 he was elected to the House of Representatives.