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George Joseph Bates

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th district
In office
February 25, 1891 – November 1, 1949
Preceded by Abram Andrew
Succeeded by William H. Bates


Political party Republican

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, Bates was 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.

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.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Abram Andrew
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th congressional district

January 3, 1937 – November 1, 1949
Succeeded by
William H. Bates

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