Library of Congress
BATE, William Brimage (1826-1905)

BATE, WILLIAM BRIMAGE, a Senator from Tennessee; born near Castalian Springs, Sumner County, Tenn., October 7, 1826; completed an academic course of study; served as a private in Louisiana and Tennessee regiments throughout the Mexican War; member, State house of representatives 1849-1851; graduated from the law department of Lebanon University, Lebanon, Tenn., in 1852; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Gallatin, Tenn.; elected attorney general for the Nashville district in 1854; during the Civil War served in the Confederate army, attained the rank of major general, surrendered with the Army of the Tennessee in 1865; after the war returned to Tennessee and resumed the practice of law at Gallatin; elected Governor of Tennessee in 1882 and reelected in 1884; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1887; reelected in 1893, 1899, and again in 1905, and served from March 4, 1887, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 9, 1905; chairman, Committee on the Improvement of the Mississippi River and its Tributaries (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Military Affairs (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Public Health and National Quarantine (Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses); funeral services were held in the Chamber of the United States Senate; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.

Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 2 letters (September 18, 1853; April 15, 1897) in Sang-Lee Civil War collection, 1834-1906. Finding aid.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1900. 1 letter.

Tennessee Historical Society
Nashville, TN
Papers: Miscellaneous letters and photographs in various collections.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Nashville, TN
Papers: 1883-1887. Gubernatorial papers, letters, biographical sketches, and a portrait.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in the James Douglas Anderson papers, 1854-1951; Wynne family papers, 1801-1972; and George Washington Gordon papers, 1791-1946, on microfilm.

  • Marshall, Park. A Life of William B. Bate, Citizen, Soldier and Statesman. Nashville: Cumberland Press, 1908.
  • McKellar, Kenneth. "William Brimage Bate," in Tennessee Senators as seen by one of their Successors. Kingsport, Tenn.: Southern Publishers, Inc., 1942, 426-441.
  • Schlup, Leonard. "Imperialist Dissenter: William B. Bate and the Battle Against Territorial Acquisitions, 1898-1900." Southern Studies 6 (Summer 1995): 61-84.
  • U.S. Congress. William Brimage Bate (Late a Senator from Tennessee), Memorial Addresses. 59th Cong., 2d sess., 1906-1907. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1907.