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 by A. Piatt Andrew
Succeeded by William H. Bates
41st Mayor of Salem, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by Denis J. Sullivan
Succeeded by Edward A. Coffey
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives[2]
Eighteenth Essex District[2][1][3]
In office
1919[1] – 1922[2]
Personal details
Born George Joseph Bates
February 25, 1891[2][1]
Salem, Massachusetts[2]
Died November 1, 1949(1949-11-01) (aged 58)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nora Jennings[4]
Alma mater Bentley 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. He was re-elected six times.

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.

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  1. ^ a b c d Howard, Richard T. (1920), Public Officials of Massachusetts 1920, Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. Page 90. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Howard, Richard T. (1921), Public Officials of Massachusetts 1921–1922, Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. Page 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. ^

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

January 3, 1937 – November 1, 1949
Succeeded by
William H. Bates
Political offices
Preceded by
Denis J. Sullivan
41st Mayor of
Salem, Massachusetts

Succeeded by
Edward A. Coffey