William L. Patterson’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

August 27, 1891

Death Date

Mar 5, 1980

Age of Death

88 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

New York, United States


Civil Rights Leader

The civil rights leader William L. Patterson died at the age of 88. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

African American civil rights activist who offered legal representation to communists, trade unionists, and African-Americans.

In 1911 he became the first African-American to graduate from Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, California.

In 1951 he presented the document, We Charge Genocide, to the United Nations, which charged the U.S. federal government with complicity in genocide for failing to pass legislation or take action against the lynching of thousands of innocent African Americans in the United States.

He was married to Louise Thompson Patterson from the 1930’s until his death fifty years later.

He was heavily inspired by the work of Booker T. Washington.