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Arthur Laban Bates

Arthur Laban Bates, American congressman. Mason.

Background

  • Bates, Arthur Laban was born on June 6, 1859 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Samuel P. and S. Josephine Bates.

  • Education

    • Graduate Allegheny College, 1880 (valedictorian), A.M., 1883 (Doctor of Laws, 1920). Studied University of Oxford, England, 1884.

    Career

    • General James F. Rusling of Trenton, New Jersey, 1909. Children—Josephine Rusling, Arthur Rusling. Admitted to bar, 1882.

      City solicitor, Meadville, 4 terms, 1889-1896. Served 12 years in Congress, 1901-1913, 25th Pennsylvania District. Was member Naval Committee, and author of bill which passed Congress making mid-Pacific naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

      Introduced first Federal Employer’s Liability Bill, which became a law. Chosen Republican presidential elector, 1916 (declined). Delegate to Republican National Convention, Cleveland, 1924.

      Vice president First National Bank (Meadville).

    Works

    • Author of bill which passed Congress making mid-Pacific naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Introduced first Federal Employer’s Liability Bill, which became a law. Chosen Republican presidential elector, 1916 (declined).

      Delegate to Republican National Convention, Cleveland, 1924. Vice president First National Bank (Meadville). Republican. American delegate International Peace Conference, Brussels, 1905, Rome, 1911.

      Trustee Allegheny College. Director Pennsylvania College Music, Meadville City Hospital. President trustees First Baptist Church.

      President Meadville Public Library.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Membership

    Mason.

    Connections

    • Married Emily, d.; children: Josephine Rusling, Arthur Rusling.
    • father: Samuel P.
    • mother: S. Josephine Bates
    • spouse: Emily
    • children: Josephine Rusling Bates
    • Arthur Rusling Bates
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    Died August 26, 1934
    (aged 75)
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