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Rufus L. Patterson

American Machine and Foundry Company

1900 - 1941

Fabricated Goods

1900 b. 1872
male
Personal
Born-Died1872 - 1943
BirthplaceNorth Carolina (NC)
RaceWhite
FatherPolitician
Era - 1900

Patterson founded American Machine as a subsidiary of American Tobacco, and retained control of the independent entity after Tobacco's break up in 1911. Under Patterson's leadership, American Machine became the world's largest maker of tobacco equipment in the world and produced the world's first long-filler cigar machine.