Edward Bates is born

September 4, 1793

Edward Bates is born

Although he was born in Virginia on September 4, 1793, Edward Bates spent his adult life in Missouri. Governor McNair appointed Bates as Missouri's first attorney general in 1821. Bates remained active in politics and, in 1861, President Lincoln appointed him US Attorney General.

"Dictionary of Missouri Biography," edited by Lawrence O. Christensen, et, c/1999, pages 40-41