Merrill Edwards Gates

Merrill Edwards Gates

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Death 11 Aug 1922 (aged 74)
Burial Warsaw, Wyoming County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 18918206 · View Source
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Written on stone: A consistent and gracious Christian exempliving in his entire life the highest ideals, a notable educator of his generation, Principal of the Albany Academy, 1870-1882, President of Rutgers College, 1882-1890 and of Amherst College, 1890-1899, a gifted orator and writer, a friend of the Indian and the Negro. "For I determined not to know anything among you Save Jesus Christ and him crucified."

OBIT: Merrill Edwards Gates, member of the US Board of Indian Commissioners and former president of Amherst and Rutgers colleges, died tonight at his summer home, Mount Meadows, Bethlehem, following a short illness. He was in his 75th year. Born in Warsaw, NY in April, 1848, Dr. Gates won high honors as a youth in the University of the State of New York, and later was granted degrees by Columbia and Princeton universities and Williams College. He was for 12 years principal of the Albany Boys' Academy and became president of Rutgers College in 1882, leaving in 1890 to accept the presidency of Amherst. Dr. Gates became a member of the Board of Indian Commissioners in 1884, and was its chairman from 1890 to 1899 and secretary from 1899 to 1912. A licensed preacher of the Congregational Church, he was active in state and national church affairs. He also was the author of a book on Indian affairs as well as books on social, educational and religious subjects. His home was in Washington, D.C. and his summer home in Bethlehem, N.H. Son of the late Seth M. and Fanny Jennett Parsons Gates. His father was 4 years a member of Congress and an ardent abolitionist. He received his early education in Warsaw Academy and later attended Rochester College. From this institution he graduated with the highest standings that any student had attained up to that time. After graduation he was principal of the Albany Boys' Academy for 12 years. While at this school he was offered the chancelorship of the University of Nashville and professorships in a number of colleges. He married for his first wife Mary Bishop of Rochester, she died in 1905. In June 1913, he married Miss Elizabeth Head of Chicago. Surviving him are his wife, 3 children, Merrill Gates, a lawyer in New York city; Rev. William Gates of Olean, and Miss Margaret Gates and 1 brother, Lewis Gates. His death occurred in Littleton Hospital, Littleton, N.H. following an operation.


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  • Maintained by: Don Blauvelt
  • Originally Created by: Sally Smith
  • Added: 13 Apr 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18918206
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Merrill Edwards Gates (6 Apr 1848–11 Aug 1922), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18918206, citing Warsaw Cemetery, Warsaw, Wyoming County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Don Blauvelt (contributor 46932939) .