SAMUEL E. GATES
The History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton,
Franklin, and Williamson
Counties, Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887). P. 699-700.
Samuel E. Gates, M. D., was born on Simms’ Creek, Gallia County, Ohio,
August 10, 1814, was raised at the same place, and probably received his
education at Marietta, Ohio, as it was a custom of his father, Stephen
Gates, and his uncle Samuel Gates, of Gallipolis, Ohio, to send the sons
of their families there to college.
He received the principal part of his medical education at
Washington City, D. C.
He came from Jackson County, Ohio, to McLeansboro, Hamilton Co.,
Ill., in the fall of 1851, returned to Jackson County, Ohio, in the fall
of 1852, to consummate a settlement of his business, and was offered, by
the prominent citizens of his acquaintance, a present of a new two-story
residence then building, finished and complete, with grounds, if he would
return and continue the practice of medicine.
He could not be prevailed upon to have the deed to the property
made to him, and returned to McLeansboro, Hamilton Co., Ill., where he
lived until his death.
He achieved marked success in his profession and surgeon; stood at
the head of his profession at the age of twenty-eight in the State of
Ohio, and was considered by the majority of the people, the foremost
physician of his time wherever he practiced.
He was a life-long Democrat.
Out of a family of six sons, only he and one brother were
He and this brother (Hon. Nathaniel H. Gates, of Oregon) were
always the warmest friends as well as kinsmen, and corresponded with each
other during his lifetime upon all the political issues of the day.
This brother was the fourth son of the family, born in Ohio,
February 17, 1811, and went to Oregon when a young man comparatively, and
became a noted lawyer and politician, and eminently successful
Samuel E. Gates, M. D., belonged to no religious denomination.
He was a member of the Masonic lodge for many years.
He was recommended May 13, 1851, by the Master and Wardens of Unity
Lodge, No. 132, of the town of Jackson, Ohio, to the
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