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William A. Patterson

United Airlines

1934 - 1963

Transportation

1930 b. 1899
male
Personal
Born-Died1899 - 1980
BirthplaceHawaii (HI)
RaceWhite
FatherExecutive, Low-/Mid-Level
Era - 1930

Patterson consolidated four smaller airlines to form United Airlines, and subsequently used United to propel forward many safety initiatives in the airline industry, such as lights for night flying and two-way air-ground telephones. The airline itself was also prosperous, remaining one of the largest in the U.S. throughout Patterson’s tenure.