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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.

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
1924–1937
Preceded byDenis J. Sullivan
Succeeded byEdward 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]
DiedNovember 1, 1949(1949-11-01) (aged 58)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Nora Jennings[4]
RelationsJohn Mulaney (great grandson)[5]
Alma materBentley University[1]

Bates was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Annie (Burns) and Thomas F. Bates.[6] 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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ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ http://www.salemnews.com/obituaries/x334275272/George-J-Bates-Jr-89/print
  5. ^ a b "Interview with John Mulaney". Late Night with Seth Meyers. NBC. February 8, 2018.
  6. ^ http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/bates.html

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