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“The Patterson Library was a gift given to the residents of Westfield by Hannah Whiting Patterson as a memorial to her late parents, George Washington Patterson and Hannah Dickey Patterson. G.W. Patterson came to Westfield in 1841 to serve as the land agent for the Chautauqua Land Company. He held many public offices including that of Lt. Governor of New York State. His daughter, Hannah, was a woman of exceptional business ability and a philanthropist. She recognized the need for a public library for the citizens of Westfield and following her death on May 12, 1894, her will revealed her generosity:

‘I will and bequeath one hundred thousand dollars to found a library in the Village of Westfield to be called the Patterson Library, and dedicated to the memory of George W. Patterson and Hannah W. Patterson, his wife. This I leave in the hands of my brother, George W. Patterson, who will see that my will is carried out.’”