Prof. Gk. & Lat. Middlebury Coll., 1822-5; Princeton, 1825-9; princ. Edgehill Sem. (Princeton), 1829-34; prof. Gk. U. City of New York, 1834-8.
F. W. von Thiersch, Greek Tables: A Method of Teaching Greek Paradigms…. (trans.) (Andover, MA, 1822); Das deutsche Lesebuch (ed.) (Middlebury, 1822); Address Delivered before the Philological Society of Middlebury College (Middlebury, CT, 1823); A Lecture on Classical and National Education (Princeton, 1826); John Brown, ed., Philological Tracts (trans.) (Edinburgh, 1833); James Donnegan, A New Greek and English Lexicon, 1st Am. ed. rev. & enlarged by Patton (Boston, 1842).
In the aborted movement in the early national period to reinvigorate classical education by redirecting it so as to give priority to Greek and Hellenism, Robert B. Patton played a typical but minor role. Joining the first wave of young Americans who came to the University of Göttingen to absorb German critical scholarship, its Neo-Humanism and Graecomania, Patton was one of the earliest to return with the Ph.D. degree, in the wake of Edward Everett, whose ideals in education he shared. His publications (school texts and aids to scholarship) were largely culled from German sources.