Joshua Bates

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Joshua Bates
29th Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives
In office
February 4, 1840 – December 15, 1840
Preceded by Levi R. Reese
Succeeded by Thomas W. Braxton
President of Middlebury College
In office
Preceded by Henry Davis
Personal details
Born (1776-03-20)March 20, 1776
Cohasset, Massachusetts
Died January 14, 1854(1854-01-14) (aged 77)
Dudley, Massachusetts

Joshua Bates (March 20, 1776 – January 14, 1854) was an American educator and clergyman. He was the third president of Middlebury College.

Born in Cohasset, Massachusetts, he was the son of Zealous and Abigail Bates.[1] Bates graduated from Harvard College in 1800.[2] He became a special student in divinity at Phillips Academy, serving as well as an instructor at Phillips Andover Academy. From 1818 to 1839, Bates was president of Middlebury College. During his tenure, Bates helped to stabilize the struggling institution and oversaw the construction of the Old Chapel, an icon of the college that is on the National Register of Historic Places. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1834.[3] He was Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives for the twenty–sixth Congress. In 1843 he became minister at Dudley, Massachusetts where he remained until his death, aged 77.[2]

His family still lives on today, all over Massachusetts.


  1. ^ Baldwin, Thomas W. (1916). Vital records of Cohasset, Massachusetts, to the year 1850. Boston: Wright & Potter printing company. p. 12. OCLC 1842732. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Duffy, John J.; Hand, Samuel B.; Orth, Ralph H., eds. (2003). The Vermont encyclopedia. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England. p. 50. ISBN 1-58465-086-9. OCLC 52251135. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 21, 2011. 

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Levi R. Reese
Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives
February 4, 1840 – December 15, 1840
Succeeded by
Thomas W. Braxton
Academic offices
Preceded by
Henry Davis
3rd President of Middlebury College
Succeeded by
Benjamin Labaree