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 Frederick Taylor “Fred” Gates

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Frederick Taylor “Fred” Gates

Birth
Maine, Broome County, New York, USA
Death
6 Feb 1929 (aged 75)
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial
Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Memorial ID
35101532 View Source

Frederick Taylor Gates born July 2, 1853 in Maine, Broome County, NY, married, first, June 28, 1882 in Rochester, Monroe County, NY, Lucia Fowler Perkins, daughter of John Henry Hobart and Mary Emma (Tindall) Perkins. She died without issue, October 31, 1883, and he married, second, March 3, 1886, in Racine, Racine County, WI, Emma Lucile Cahoon, born April 25, 1855, in Racine, WI, daughter of Lyman Hall and Cardelia L. (Teague) Cahoon. Fred died 6 Feb 1929 in Phoenix, Arizona of pneumonia and acute appendicitis.

Frederick T. Gates was born in a country farmhouse and spent his childhood years in central New York towns where his father was minister to small parishes. When he was fourteen, the family moved to Kansas. His father had a small income and went into debt. Frederick contributed to the family's finances by working at a variety of jobs, including selling harrows to farmers, clerking at a store and bank, and supplying animal hides to a tannery.

In 1880, he graduated from the University of Rochester and Rochester Theological Seminary, and, at the age of 27, became the pastor of a Baptist church in Minneapolis, MN. In 1888, he resigned from his ministry and undertook the task of raising of an endowment for Pillsbury Academy, a Baptist school in Minnesota. In this endeavor he displayed an exceptional ability to plan, organize, and lead a major financial campaign. The same year, he was chosen to lead the new American Baptist Education Society in its effort to establish new religious schools throughout the United States. A principal goal of this organization was to rebuild a small Baptist school in Chicago into a major university. John D. Rockefeller, a Baptist, had contributed $600,000, an unprecedented donation at that time.

Mr. Gates, working with Thomas W. Goodspeed in a two-man campaign during 1889-90, succeeded in raising $400,000, which, with Rockefeller's donation, made it possible to establish the University of Chicago. Gates said this was the "most disagreeable, depressing, and anxious year of my life" and when asked to explain his great success in raising funds, he wrote that he did nothing, worked at nothing, and thought of nothing for the entire year except the canvass. Rockefeller was greatly impressed by Gates's accomplishments and by his handling of financial affairs. Constantly besieged by requests for money, Rockefeller asked Gates to work for him and to take the burden of philanthropic decisions off his shoulders. As director of Rockefeller's vast philanthropic organization, Gates developed the principles and policies that led to the establishment of the Rockefeller Foundation. Over a period of years, Mr. Gates also became a guiding force in many of Rockefeller's business enterprises, and he was instrumental in developing the iron mines, railroads, and fleets of vessels that later were combined into the United States Steel Corporation.

The following is a partial listing of major offices held by Frederick T. Gates.
· Original trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation (1913-1923)
· A trustee (1902-1917) and chairman (1907-1917) of the General Education Board.
· Chairman of the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission (1909-1914)
· Trustee of the University of Chicago (1896-1910)
· Trustee of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1909-1929)
· Member of the International Health Commission Board (1913-1923
· Member of the China Medical Board
· Trustee of the Peking Union Medical College (1914-1917)

Children of Frederick Taylor and Emma Lucile (Cahoon) Gates:
1. Frederick Lamont, born December 17, 1886.
2. Franklin Herbert, born July 13, 1888.
3. Russell Cahoon, born June 15, 1890.
4. Alice Florence, October 20, 1891.
5. Lucia Louise, born November 12, 1893.
6. Grace Lucile, born July 10, 1895.
7. Percival Taylor, born January 3, 1897.

Frederick Taylor Gates born July 2, 1853 in Maine, Broome County, NY, married, first, June 28, 1882 in Rochester, Monroe County, NY, Lucia Fowler Perkins, daughter of John Henry Hobart and Mary Emma (Tindall) Perkins. She died without issue, October 31, 1883, and he married, second, March 3, 1886, in Racine, Racine County, WI, Emma Lucile Cahoon, born April 25, 1855, in Racine, WI, daughter of Lyman Hall and Cardelia L. (Teague) Cahoon. Fred died 6 Feb 1929 in Phoenix, Arizona of pneumonia and acute appendicitis.

Frederick T. Gates was born in a country farmhouse and spent his childhood years in central New York towns where his father was minister to small parishes. When he was fourteen, the family moved to Kansas. His father had a small income and went into debt. Frederick contributed to the family's finances by working at a variety of jobs, including selling harrows to farmers, clerking at a store and bank, and supplying animal hides to a tannery.

In 1880, he graduated from the University of Rochester and Rochester Theological Seminary, and, at the age of 27, became the pastor of a Baptist church in Minneapolis, MN. In 1888, he resigned from his ministry and undertook the task of raising of an endowment for Pillsbury Academy, a Baptist school in Minnesota. In this endeavor he displayed an exceptional ability to plan, organize, and lead a major financial campaign. The same year, he was chosen to lead the new American Baptist Education Society in its effort to establish new religious schools throughout the United States. A principal goal of this organization was to rebuild a small Baptist school in Chicago into a major university. John D. Rockefeller, a Baptist, had contributed $600,000, an unprecedented donation at that time.

Mr. Gates, working with Thomas W. Goodspeed in a two-man campaign during 1889-90, succeeded in raising $400,000, which, with Rockefeller's donation, made it possible to establish the University of Chicago. Gates said this was the "most disagreeable, depressing, and anxious year of my life" and when asked to explain his great success in raising funds, he wrote that he did nothing, worked at nothing, and thought of nothing for the entire year except the canvass. Rockefeller was greatly impressed by Gates's accomplishments and by his handling of financial affairs. Constantly besieged by requests for money, Rockefeller asked Gates to work for him and to take the burden of philanthropic decisions off his shoulders. As director of Rockefeller's vast philanthropic organization, Gates developed the principles and policies that led to the establishment of the Rockefeller Foundation. Over a period of years, Mr. Gates also became a guiding force in many of Rockefeller's business enterprises, and he was instrumental in developing the iron mines, railroads, and fleets of vessels that later were combined into the United States Steel Corporation.

The following is a partial listing of major offices held by Frederick T. Gates.
· Original trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation (1913-1923)
· A trustee (1902-1917) and chairman (1907-1917) of the General Education Board.
· Chairman of the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission (1909-1914)
· Trustee of the University of Chicago (1896-1910)
· Trustee of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1909-1929)
· Member of the International Health Commission Board (1913-1923
· Member of the China Medical Board
· Trustee of the Peking Union Medical College (1914-1917)

Children of Frederick Taylor and Emma Lucile (Cahoon) Gates:
1. Frederick Lamont, born December 17, 1886.
2. Franklin Herbert, born July 13, 1888.
3. Russell Cahoon, born June 15, 1890.
4. Alice Florence, October 20, 1891.
5. Lucia Louise, born November 12, 1893.
6. Grace Lucile, born July 10, 1895.
7. Percival Taylor, born January 3, 1897.

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