George J. Bates

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George J. Bates
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George J. Bates as a Massachusetts State Representative in the early 1920s
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1937 – November 1, 1949
Preceded byA. Piatt Andrew
Succeeded byWilliam H. Bates
41st Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded byDenis J. Sullivan
Succeeded byEdward A. Coffey
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives[2]
Eighteenth Essex District[2][1][3]
In office
Personal details
George Joseph Bates

February 25, 1891[2][1]
Salem, Massachusetts[2]
DiedNovember 1, 1949(1949-11-01) (aged 58)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Nora Jennings[4]
RelationsJohn Mulaney (great grandson)[5]
Alma materBentley University[1]

George Joseph Bates (February 25, 1891 – November 1, 1949) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Massachusetts. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1918–1924. Bates was then elected Mayor of Salem in 1924 at the age of 33. He served as mayor until 1937, at which time he was sworn in as a Republican member of the House in the 75th Congress. During World War II, he was an interventionist. After the fall of France and before the Nazi invasion of Soviet Russia, Britain was effectively fighting the Nazis alone, throughout this time period Bates was outspokenly pro-British, and he advocated aiding Britain in any way possible, in order to help in their war against the Nazis. In 1941 he was one of the few Republicans to abstain from voting on the 1941 Lend Lease Act.[6] Bates was subsequently re-elected six times.

Bates was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Annie (Burns) and Thomas F. Bates. His first immigrant ancestor was Increase Bates who migrated from Buckinghamshire, England and settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1629.[7] Bates died in the crash of Eastern Air Lines Flight 537 in Washington, D.C. in 1949. He was replaced in the House by his son, William Henry Bates. He was buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Salem. Bates Elementary School in Salem is named after George J. Bates and his son.

His daughter, Carolyn (Bates) Stanton, is the maternal grandmother of comedian John Mulaney.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d Howard, Richard T. (1920), Public Officials of Massachusetts 1920, Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. 90
  2. ^ a b c d e Howard, Richard T. (1921), Public Officials of Massachusetts 1921–1922, Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. 95
  3. ^ The New York Times (December 5, 1923), "SALEM ELECTS MAYOR TO CLOSE BARROOMS; Massachusetts City Gives Dry Candidate the Biggest Majority in Its History.", The New York Times., New York City
  4. ^ "Read recent and archived obituaries and memorial notices from Salem News".
  5. ^ a b "Interview with John Mulaney". Late Night with Seth Meyers. NBC. February 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "Voteview | Plot Vote: 78th Congress > House > 117".
  7. ^ "The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Bates".

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"Memorial services held in the House of Representatives of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of George Joseph Bates, late a representative from Massachusetts frontispiece 1950"

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th congressional district

January 3, 1937 – November 1, 1949
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by 41st Mayor of
Salem, Massachusetts

Succeeded by