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George Patton Jr.
1898/1913. Comprises:

(1) George S. Patton’s 1898 Report Card!

Partly Printed Document Signed “Stephen Cutter Clark” as Principal, one page, 5.25” x 8.25”. Completed in manuscript. Fine condition.

Headed “Classical School for Boys / Pasadena, California / Report of George S. Patton / for the term ending Dec. 23, 1898. / Times Absent 1 / Times Late 0 / Times Dismissed 0.” There are two numerical grades for each subject, Recitation / Examination. His grades: Arithmetic 73/96 – Geography 91/93 – Grammar 75/65 – History 88/82 – Latin 90/82 – Penmanship 85/90 – Reading 84/90 – Spelling 85/100 – Deportment 100 (Recitation).

Carlo d’Este writes in “Patton: A Genius for War” (New York: HarperCollins, 1995), “Patton was eleven before he began learning to read and write. In September 1897, when he was nearly twelve, Patton’s father ‘finally rebelled against the “hands that rock the cradle” ruling the boy, and sent him to the local grammar school,’ the Classical School for Boys, located on South Euclid Avenue in nearby Pasadena … His first day was a poignant one in Patton’s life: ‘We drove up in the old surrey and … Papa turned to me and said very sadly: “Son, henceforth our paths diverge forever.” I have never forgotten that but though we lived more and more apart our hearts and minds never separated.’

“The principal of the Classical School for Boys was Dr. Stephen Cutter Clark [1859-1931], a noted Latin scholar and historian who was assisted by his brother, Mr. G.M. Clark. At what was essentially a small high school, Patton joined twenty-five other children of Southern California gentry and spent the next six years undergoing his first formal training. A diligent student, Patton nevertheless faltered because of his dyslexia. Algebra, geometry, and arithmetic were among the subjects taught and virtually all proved a struggle … In 1902, for example, Patton’s report cards reflect examination and recitation grades in the fifties and sixties and occasionally in the low seventies. His deportment was exemplary, as were his marks in ancient and modern history, which consistently were in the high nineties…

“Where Patton excelled was in his amazing capacity to memorize and quote verbatim and at length from the Bible or any book he had been exposed to during those many years of home schooling. Although he was not born with it, Patton developed a photographic mind that compensated dramatically for his dyslexia … By the time he entered VMI [Virginia Military Institute] in 1903, he had acquired the rudiments of a first-class education. Hidden behind the negative image created by the dyslexia lay an incredibly vast storehouse of knowledge of biblical and military subjects. Later, as an adult, Patton would make light of his academic ordeal by joking. ‘I had trouble with my a’s and b’s – and what the hell is that other letter?’”

(2) Postmarked envelope from Fort Myer incorporating his signature!

Envelope Signed “Geo. S Patton” in the name of the addressee, 6” x 4”. George Washington 2¢ stamp affixed, postmarked Fort Myer, Va., April 21, 1913. Addressed by Patton to his mother, “Mrs. Geo. S Patton / San Gabriel / Los Angeles Co. / California.” Slit open at top edge. Fine condition.

Patton left VMI in 1903 for West Point where he graduated in 1909, ranking 46 in a class of 103. He was assigned the 15th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Sheridan, near Chicago. In the Fall of 1911, Patton received orders to report to Fort Myer, Virginia, for duty with the 15th Cavalry.

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