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Arthur Laban Bates (June 6, 1859 – August 26, 1934) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania.

Arthur Laban Bates
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 25th district
In office
March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byJoseph B. Showalter
Succeeded byMilton W. Shreve
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 26th district
In office
March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byAthelston Gaston
Succeeded byJoseph H. Shull
Personal details
Born(1859-06-06)June 6, 1859
Meadville, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 26, 1934(1934-08-26) (aged 75)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Josephine Rusling
ChildrenArthur Rusling Bates
MotherSarah Josephine Bates
FatherSamuel Penniman Bates

Arthur L. Bates (nephew of John Milton Thayer) was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He studied under tutors and was graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville in 1880. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1882. He attended Oxford University in England, in 1882 and 1883. He commenced the practice of law in Meadville in 1884, and was also engaged in the newspaper publishing business in 1899. He served as city solicitor of Meadville from 1889 to 1896.

Bates was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1912. He was a delegate to the International Peace Conference at Brussels in 1905 and at Rome in 1911. He resumed the practice of law and the publishing business in Meadville, and was also engaged in banking. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1924. He died in Meadville in 1934. Interment in Greendale Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Arthur L. Bates (id: B000230)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Athelston Gaston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 26th congressional district

Succeeded by
Joseph H. Shull
Preceded by
Joseph B. Showalter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 25th congressional district

Succeeded by
Milton W. Shreve