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Here is a framed item that I made. This wonderful framed display includes a black/white reprinted photo of Mr. Bate as Governor of Tennessee and a GENUINE Personal Check that he wrote in Washington D.C. about 1901(?).
William Bate was born in Castalian Springs, ( Sumner County )Tennessee on October 7, 1826 and died in Washington, D.C. on March 9, 1905. ***** Read more information on William B. Bate below ***** Mr. Bate was also a MAJOR GENERAL in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
The size of this frame is 16 1/2 by 22 7/8 inches. The frame is a very old wood frame that I found and bought to create this display. The check included here is guaranteed to be 100% genuine ( with his signature ) or your money back.
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William B. Bate
William Brimage Bate (October 7, 1826– March 9, 1905) was an American soldier and politician. He served as Governor of Tennessee from 1883 to 1887, and subsequently served as a United States Senator from 1887 until his death. During the Civil War, he fought for the Confederacy, eventually rising to the rank of major general and commanding a division in the Army of Tennessee.
Bate was born in Bledsoe's Lick (now Castalian Springs) in Sumner County, Tennessee, the son of James H. Bate and Amanda Weatherred Bate. He attended a log schoolhouse known as the "Rural Academy." When he was 15, his father died, and he left home to find work. He was eventually hired as a clerk on the steamboat, Saladin, which traveled up and down the Cumberland, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers between Nashville and New Orleans.
Following the Battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861, Bate enlisted in a private company in Gallatin, and was elected as its captain. In early May, after Tennessee aligned itself with the Confederacy, Bate was elected colonel of the 2nd Tennessee Infantry. This unit was quickly dispatched to Virginia, where it was among the forces tasked with guarding the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad. Bate was present at the Battle of Aquia Creek on May 30, 1861. At the First Battle of Bull Run (First Battle of Manassas) in July 1861, Bate was in the reserve brigade of Theophilus Holmes in the Confederate Army of the Potomac
After Senator Howell Jackson resigned in 1886, Bate appointed Washington C. Whitthorne to fill out his term, which was set to expire in March 1887. The Tennessee General Assembly then elected Bate to fill the Senate seat.
Governor Bate's paternal grandfather, Colonel Humphrey Bate (1779–1856), was an early settler in Sumner County. Governor Bate's middle name comes from his paternal grandmother (Colonel Humphrey Bate's first wife), Elizabeth Brimage. After the death of Elizabeth Brimage, Colonel Humphrey Bate married Anna Weatherred, sister of Governor Bate's mother, Amanda. Several of Governor Bate's relatives, including his brother, Captain Humphrey Bate (1828–1862), were killed or wounded at the Battle of Shiloh. Dr. Humphrey Bate (1875–1936), a cousin of Governor Bate, was a noted harmonica player and string band leader, and was one of the first musicians to perform on the Grand Ole Opry in the 1920s