Samuel Davis Bates
Inventor and manufacturer of the “Buckeye Reaper” for Central Foundry co-owner Eli Slifer; and the first Republican elected to the state Senate from the 27th District (post 1874), Samuel D. Bates was born on November 14, 1833, Chester, Vermont; educated at Troy Academy, New York; machinist; relocated to Union County, Pa.; employed by Slifer, Walls, and Shriner manufacturing; superintendent of the Central Manufacturing Co., Lewisburg; member of the Methodist Church; school director; Lewisburg town council; lieutenant in the 1862 Emergency Militia, Third Regt.; lieutenant in the 28th Regt., 1863 Emergency Militia; board of directors of the: Lewisburg Nail Works, Lewisburg Bridge Co., and Central Manufacturing Co.; superintendent of the Lewisburg Waterworks; elected to Senate Nov, 1888. He died of an asthma attack, in Lewisburg, Union County, on December 28, 1906, interred at Lewisburg Cemetery. His wife, Mary, died in 1871.