Seth M. Gates
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 29th district
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
|Preceded by||Harvey Putnam|
|Succeeded by||Charles H. Carroll|
|New York State Assembly|
|Born||October 16, 1800|
Winfield (town), New York, U.S.
|Died||August 24, 1877 (aged 76)|
Warsaw, New York, U.S.
|Resting place||Warsaw Town Cemetery|
Warsaw, New York
Abigail (Merill) Gates
|Alma mater||Middleburg Academy|
Seth Merrill Gates (October 16, 1800 – August 24, 1877) was an American merchant, attorney and politician. He served as a member of the New York State Assembly and as a United States Representative from the U.S. state of New York.
Gates was born in Winfield, New York, the son of Seth Gates and Abigail (Merill) Gates. In 1806, he moved to Sheldon, New York with his family, He attended the common schools and Middleburg Academy before serving as a teacher at the Academy. He became inspector of the common schools, and in 1825, he served as the deputy sheriff of Le Roy, New York. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1827. He began the practice of law in Le Roy and served as supervisor of Le Roy in 1830.
In 1832, he served as a Whig member of the New York State Assembly. He declined to be a candidate for renomination. He was elected as an antislavery member of the twenty-sixth and twenty seventh U. S. Congresses, serving from March 4, 1839 to March 3, 1843. While in Congress, he drafted the protest signed by the Whigs in Congress against the annexation of Texas. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection.
In 1843, he moved to Warsaw, New York, and continued the practice of law. He was also engaged in the lumber trade and a merchant. 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. From 1851-1865, he was the secretary of the Wyoming County Insurance Company. In 1861, he was appointed postmaster at Warsaw, serving until 1870.
Death and legacy
- Warsaw Centennial Association (1903). History of the Centennial Celebration, Warsaw, Wyoming County, New York, June 28-July 2, 1903. Western New-Yorker. p. 166.
- National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Works by or about Seth M. Gates at Internet Archive
- United States Congress. "Seth M. Gates (id: G000097)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 29th congressional district
1839-03-04 – 1843-03-03
Charles H. Carroll