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George Geddie Patterson was a barrister, teacher, judge, historian and author. He was born in 1864 at Greenhill, Pictou County, the son of the Rev. George Patterson and Margaret McDonald. He received his BA (1882), MA (1887), LLB (1889) and LLD (1933) from Dalhousie University before setting up a private law practice and lecturing at Dalhousie Law School. From 1901-1906 he served as stipendiary magistrate and MLA for Pictou County. He was appointed to the Executive Council in May 1906, but was defeated in that year's general election. From 1907-1939 he served as judge of County Court District No. 5.