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Seth Merrill Gates (1800-1877) was an American lawyer, born at Winfield, New York. He was admitted to the bar in 1827, and was a member of the State Assembly in 1832. A Whig, he was an antislavery member of the twenty-sixth and twenty seventh U. S. Congresses from 1839 to 1843. In 1843 he drafted the protest signed by the Whigs in Congress against the annexation of Texas. In 1848, on the Barnburners and Free Soil ticket, and in 1852, on the Free Democratic ticket, he was twice an unsuccessful candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York. Due to his pronounced hostility to slavery, a southern planter offered $500 for his apprehension. His house at Warsaw, New York was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[1]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.  

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harvey Putnam
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 29th congressional district

1839-03-04 – 1843-03-03
Succeeded by
Charles H. Carroll


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