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John Henry Patterson
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Military Personnel
    (November 10, 1867-June 18, 1947)
    Went to The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst
    Joined the Essex Yeomanry and became an engineer
    Commissioned to oversee construction of a bridge on the Uganda Railway in Tsavo, Kenya in 1898
    Hunted down and killed lions which had killed members of his camp
    Wrote 'The Man-Eaters of Tsavo' in 1907 which became the film 'The Ghost and The Darkness (1996)'
    He killed animals who just did what they are born to do.
    He was the overseeing officer on a project which employed slave labor.
    He left his wife and new born baby in England to work in Africa.
    He often hunted for fun.
    On a big game hunt in Northern Kenya, one of Patterson's clients, Audley Blyth, committed suicide after finding his wife in the hero of Tsavo's arms.
    Audley Blythe's death may have been a result of an argument with Patterson over an elephant they both claimed to have shot.
    Patterson ordered Blythe's body be buried deep in the ground.
    When plague broke out in Nairobi in 1899, Patterson outraged the Indian traders by burning down the bazaar without consulting anybody.
    He protected his workers by killing the man eating lions.
    He donated the lions' stuffed bodies to museums.
    Despite interruptions, he built his bridge on time and up to standard in 1899.
    He served his country.
    He helped revolutionize travel across Africa.
    He befriended local workers and learned some of their language.
    He inspired the film 'The Ghost & The Darkness.'
    The American novelist Ernest Hemingway based his story 'The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber' on Col. Patterson.

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