Seth M. Gates

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Seth M. Gates
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 29th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byHarvey Putnam
Succeeded byCharles H. Carroll
New York State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born(1800-10-16)October 16, 1800
Winfield (town), New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 24, 1877(1877-08-24) (aged 76)
Warsaw, New York, U.S.
Resting placeWarsaw Town Cemetery
Warsaw, New York
Political partyWhig
ParentsSeth Gates
Abigail (Merill) Gates
Alma materMiddleburg 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.

Early life[edit]

Gates was born in Winfield, New York, the son of Seth Gates and Abigail (Merill) Gates.[1] 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.

Political career[edit]

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.[1] 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[edit]

Gates died on August 24, 1877 in Warsaw, and is interred in Warsaw Cemetery, his home, the Seth M. Gates House, at Warsaw, New York was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.[2]


  1. ^ a b Warsaw Centennial Association (1903). History of the Centennial Celebration, Warsaw, Wyoming County, New York, June 28-July 2, 1903. Western New-Yorker. p. 166.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

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U.S. 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