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Pennsylvania State Senate

Samuel Davis Bates



Session Position District Party
1889-1890 27 Republican
1891-1892 27 Republican
 Counties   Northumberland, Snyder, Union


1833 - 1906

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.