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BATES, William Henry (1917-1969)

BATES, WILLIAM HENRY, (son of George Joseph Bates), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Salem, Essex County, Mass., April 26, 1917; attended the public schools; was graduated from Worcester Academy in 1936, from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1940, and from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Boston, Mass., in 1947; enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1940 and served until February 14, 1950, resigning his commission as lieutenant commander after being elected to Congress; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, George J. Bates; reelected to the Eighty-second and to the nine succeeding Congresses and served from February 14, 1950, until his death in Bethesda, Md., June 22, 1969; chairman, Select Committee to Conduct Investigation and Study of Benefits for Survivors of Deceased Members and Former Members of the Armed Forces (Eighty-third Congress); interment in St. Marys Cemetery, Salem, Mass.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: In the Americans for Democratic Action Records, 1949-1976, 12 cartons.
Correspondents include William H. Bates. An inventory is available in the repository and online.


Salem State College Library
Salem, MA
Papers: 1950-1969, 45 linear feet.
The papers of William H. Bates include correspondence, speeches, legislative and committee files, reports, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and photographs from his congressional service. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

  • United States. 91st Congress, 1st session, 1969. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, together with tributes presented in eulogy of William H. Bates, late a Representative from Massachusetts. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1970.