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BATES, Isaac Chapman, statesman, born in Granville, Massachusetts, 14 May 1780; died in Washington, District of Columbia, 16 March 1845. He was graduated at Yale in 1802, studied law, and practiced in Northampton, Massachusetts. While here he was a member at different times of the executive council of the state, and of both branches of the legislature. He was chosen to congress as an anti-Jackson man, and was reelected three times, serving altogether from 3 December 1827, till 3 March 1835. In 1836 and 1840 he was a presidential elector, and in January 1841, he was elected to the senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Governor John Davis, where he remained until his death, filling the place of chairman of the committee of pensions. A few days before his death he made an able speech, opposing the admission of Texas to the union. Throughout his public life he was a champion of the protective system, and in February 1844, made a defense of it in the senate. He published several addresses and speeches.*His son, Isaac Chapman, born 22 October 1817 ; died 24 September 1875, was a prominent Boston merchant, and secretary of the board of trade.
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