Joshua Bates (financier)
for the clergyman and educator and Joshua Hall Bates
Joshua Hall Bates
Joshua Hall Bates was a lawyer, politician, and general in the Union Army during the early part of the American Civil War...

 for the American Civil War
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Joshua Bates (1788–1864) was an international financier
Financier is a term for a person who handles typically large sums of money, usually involving money lending, financing projects, large-scale investing, or large-scale money management. The term is French, and derives from finance or payment...

 who divided his life between the United States
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 and the United Kingdom
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Bates was born in Commercial St., Weymouth, Massachusetts
Weymouth, Massachusetts
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. Early in his career he worked for William Gray
William Gray (Massachusetts)
William Gray was a Massachusetts merchant and politician. Born into a lower class family in Lynn, Massachusetts, he managed to build his own business and rise through the state's political ranks, becoming the richest man in New England, and in the eyes of many the richest man in all of America...

, owner of Gray's Wharf in Charlestown. A merchant and a banker, in 1828 Bates became associated with the great house of Baring Brothers & Co.
Barings Bank
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 of London
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, of which he eventually became the senior partner. He was arbitrator of the commission convened in 1853 to settle the claims of American citizens arising from the War of 1812
War of 1812
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In 1852 he founded the Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library
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 by giving $50,000 for that purpose, with the provision that the interest of the money should be expended for books of permanent value, and that the city should make adequate provision for at least 100 readers. He afterward gave 30,000 volumes to the institution, the main hall of which is named after him.

Bates married Lucretia Sturgis; their daughter Elizabeth married Belgian Prime Minister Sylvain Van de Weyer
Sylvain Van de Weyer
Jean-Sylvain Van de Weyer was a Belgian politician, and then the Belgian Minister at the Court of St. James's, effectively the ambassador to the United Kingdom....

; their daughter Eleanor Van de Weyer married Reginald Baliol Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher; and their daughter, Sylvia Brett
Sylvia Brett
Sylvia Leonora, Lady Brooke, Ranee of Sarawak, born The Hon. Sylvia Leonora Brett, , was the consort to Vyner of Sarawak, last of the White Rajahs.-Early life:...

, married Charles Vyner de Windt Brooke
Charles Vyner Brooke
Vyner, Rajah of Sarawak, GCMG was the third and final White Rajah of Sarawak.-Early life:...

, and became the last Rani of Sarawak
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The Joshua Bates School on Harrison Avenue in Boston is named after him, in recognition of his munificence.


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