William Baird Patton (October 14, 1860 – November 29, 1923) was an American surveyor and civil engineer active in Duluth, Minnesota, in the second half of the 19th and early 20th century. Patton was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1860. He studied Civil Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1880. After graduating he did small Civil Engineering jobs in Pennsylvania and Virginia before relocating to Duluth in July of 1881 to take work with the Duluth and Winnipeg Railroad. In 1883 he has established a name for himself in his new city and was hired as Duluth City Engineer, a position he held for many years. He was elected St. Louis County surveyor from 1889 -1895. In addition, he attended the Baptist Church of Duluth, where he also served as a Sunday School Superintendent. During his tenure as City Engineer, he surveyed and platted many of the city's allotments and worked on state border commissions. He died in Duluth in 1923.