What many may not know is that President Patterson was born March 26, 1833 in the Gorbals parish of Glasgow, Scotland. His family immigrated to a farm near Madison, Indiana in 1842.
Moreover, at the age of four, an accident severely injured young Patterson's leg requiring him to walk with the aid of a crutch (which can be seen as part of the statue) for the remainder of his life.
UK's founding president overcame his immigrant status, a disability, and meager family resources to play a crucial role in the history of the University of Kentucky.
Photograph of Main Street Gorbals,1868
I trust that commitment on the part of UK would have made President James K. Patterson proud.