Henry C. Bates

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Henry C. Bates
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Henry Clay Bates (1843–1909)
Born (1843-01-29)January 29, 1843
Derby Line, Vermont
Died March 12, 1909(1909-03-12) (aged 66)
Berkeley, California
Nationality American

Henry Clay Bates (January 29, 1843 – March 12, 1909) was a Vermont lawyer and politician who served as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of Vermont and as a federal judge.


Henry Clay Bates was born in Derby Line, Vermont on January 29, 1843.[1][2]

He taught school in Vermont and Maine and studied law before enlisting for the Civil War. Bates served as a member of Company C, 4th Massachusetts Heavy Artillery.[3][4]

After the war he was an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic.[5]

Bates resumed his legal studies after leaving the Army, attained admission to the bar in 1866 and practiced law in St. Johnsbury.[6]

A Republican, he served in numerous local offices, including Superintendent of Schools of Guildhall and Town Meeting Moderator of St. Johnsbury.[7]

Bates also served as Caledonia County State's Attorney from 1880 to 1882 and 1892 to 1894.[8][9]

From 1886 to 1890 Bates was a member of the Vermont Senate and served as Senate President.[10]

Bates served in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1896 to 1897.[11]

In 1898 he won election as Lieutenant Governor and served until 1900.[12]

He participated in numerous county and state Republican conventions, and was a Delegate to the 1900 Republican National Convention.[13][14]

In 1901 Bates was appointed one of the United States Judges for the Philippines Territory.[15] He served until his 1907 resignation, afterwards living in retirement in Berkeley, California.[16]

Bates died in Berkeley on March 12, 1909 after having been ill as the result of his service in the Philippines.[17][18][19] He was buried at Smithland Cemetery in Smithland, Iowa, where his wife's family resided.[20][21][22][23]


  1. ^ Biography of the Bar of Orleans County, Vermont, by Frederick W. Baldwin, 1886, pages 241 to 243
  2. ^ Who's Who in New England, by Albert Nelson Marquis, Volume 1, 1909, page 85
  3. ^ The New England Magazine, America Company Publishers, Boston, Volume 33, (September 1905-February 1906), 1906, page 746
  4. ^ Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography, published by American Publishers' Association, Chicago, Volume 1, 1909, page 261
  5. ^ Journal of the National Encampment, published by Grand Army of the Republic, pages 21 to 23, 1887, page 27
  6. ^ The town of St. Johnsbury, Vt.: A Review of One Hundred Twenty-five Years to the Anniversary Pageant of 1912, published by The Cowles Press, St. Johnsbury, 1912, pages 441 to 442
  7. ^ Vermont School Report, published by Vermont Department of Education, 1872, page 186
  8. ^ Gazetteer of Caledonia and Essex Counties, Vt. 1764-1887, compiled and published by Hamilton Child, 1897, page 54
  9. ^ Journal of the Senate of the State of Vermont, published by Vermont General Assembly, 1881, page 465
  10. ^ Journal of the Senate of the State of Vermont, published by Vermont General Assembly, 1886, pages 5, 328
  11. ^ Successful Vermonters: A Modern Gazetteer of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties, by William Hartley Jeffrey, pages 54 to 56
  12. ^ Vermont Historical Reader, by Edward Conant, 1907, page 166
  13. ^ Newspaper article, The Republican League, New York Times, February 16, 1888
  14. ^ Official Proceedings of the Republican National Convention, published by the convention, 1900, page 78
  15. ^ Albany Law Journal, published by Albany Law School, Volumes 63-65, (January 1901 to January 1902), 1902, page 166
  16. ^ War Department Annual Reports, published by United States War Department, 1909, page 616
  17. ^ Newspaper article, Work on Islands Fatal to Jurist, San Francisco Call, March 13, 1909
  18. ^ Law Notes, published by Edward Thompson Company, Volume 13 (April 1909 to March 1910), 1910, page 35
  19. ^ Newspaper article, An Eminent Son of Vermont, Boston Evening Transcript, March 15, 1909
  20. ^ VermontCivilWar.Org Database, Soldiers credited to, born in, or buried in Derby, VT, accessed December 4, 2011
  21. ^ Henry C. Bates at Find a Grave
  22. ^ Laura Jenness Bates at Find a Grave
  23. ^ Polly R. Jenness at Find a Grave
Political offices
Preceded by
Nelson W. Fisk
Lieutenant Governor of Vermont
Succeeded by
Martin F. Allen