Member Biography

Samuel Davis Bates 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1889-1890       27 Republican
1891-1892       27 Republican


11/15/1833 - 12/28/1906

Samuel Davis Bates (R27) Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties 1889-1892

Early Life: 

Samuel Davis Bates, born November 15, 1833, Springfield, Windsor County, Vermont; Troy Academy, New York; machinist; relocated, Union County, Pennsylvania; employed, Slifer, Walls, and Shriner Manufacturing; superintendent, Central Manufacturing Company, Lewisburg; Lewisburg school director; Lewisburg town council; lieutenant, Civil War 1862-1863; board of directors, Lewisburg Nail Works, Lewisburg Bridge Company, Central Manufacturing Company; superintendent, Lewisburg Waterworks; married, Mary Bates (d.1871), married, Mary Agusta Wolfe Bates, children, Elizabeth Tower Bates Hoffman, Juliet P Bates; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1889-1892; died, December 28, 1906 (aged 73), asthma attack, Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania, interment Lewisburg Cemetery, Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Lieutenant, 1862 Emergency Militia, Third Regiment; lieutenant, 28th Regiment, 1863, Emergency Militia

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Methodist Church; member, board directors, Lewisburg Nail Works, Lewisburg Bridge Company Central Manufacturing Company; superintendent, Lewisburg Water Works.                                                                                               

Pennsylvania Politics:

Lewisburg school director; Lewisburg town council.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 27th district, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties 1889-1892, committee assignments, Centennial Affairs, Federal Relations, Vice and Immorality.


First Republican elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate from the 27th district, post 1874.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B"Wilkes University Election Statistics ProjectWilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1889). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 687, 693-695, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 655.

Samuel Davis Bates (1833-1906) - Find a Grave Memorial