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William Henry BATES

(1917-1969)

BATES, William Henry, (son of George Joseph Bates), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Salem, Essex County, Mass., April 26, 1917; attended the public schools; was graduated from Worcester Academy in 1936, from Brown University, Providence, R.I., in 1940, and from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, Boston, Mass., in 1947; enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1940 and served until February 14, 1950, resigning his commission as lieutenant commander after being elected to Congress; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, George J. Bates; reelected to the Eighty-second and to the nine succeeding Congresses and served from February 14, 1950, until his death in Bethesda, Md., June 22, 1969; chairman, Select Committee to Conduct Investigation and Study of Benefits for Survivors of Deceased Members and Former Members of the Armed Forces (Eighty-third Congress); interment in St. Marys Cemetery, Salem, Mass.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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