BATES, Isaac Chapman (1779-1845)

BATES, ISAAC CHAPMAN, a Representative and a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Granville, Mass., January 23, 1779; tutored privately; graduated from Yale College in 1802; admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Northampton, Hampshire County, Mass., in 1808; member, State house of representatives 1808-1809; elected to the Twentieth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1827-March 3, 1835); chairman, Committee on Military Pensions (Twenty-first Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1834; elected as a Whig to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term ending March 3, 1841, caused by the resignation of John Davis and on the same day elected for the term commencing March 4, 1841, and served from January 13, 1841, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 16, 1845; chairman, Committee on Pensions (Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses); interment in Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Mass.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 3 letters (1844) in the Jay family collection.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 12 items (1820-1844) in several collections. Finding aid.

  • "Memoir of Hon. I.C. Bates, Late United States Senator from Massachusetts." American Whig Review 3 (February 1846): 186-192.