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Josephine White Bates
Born Josephine White
near Ottawa, Canada
Died 1934
New York state, US
Alma mater Lake Forest College
Occupation author
Spouse(s) Lindon Wallace Bates (m. 1881)
Children Lindon Bates, Jr.

Josephine White Bates (1857? – 1934) was a Canadian-born American writer. She preferred to use her married name Mrs. E. Lindon Bates.[1] Bates was the chair of the women's section of National Preparedness, 1916-17. She was the author of A. Blind Lead, 1886; Bunch-Grass Stories, 1892; Mercury Poisoning in the Industries of New York City and Vicinity, 1912.

Early years and education

Josephine White was born near Ottawa, Canada, the daughter of George E. and Mary White. She was a student in Lake Forest, Illinois, and at the Lake Forest College, 1876-80.[2]


She married Lindon Wallace Bates, a hydraulic engineer, of New York City, on April 6, 1881.[2] The couple lived in Portland, Oregon for a number of years. She was active in the Preparedness Movement; in 1916, she published a pamphlet "Keep America Safe".[3] In 1908, she became a member of the Lyceum Club, having been sponsored by Lou Henry Hoover. She was also a member of Colony (New York); as well as Fortnightly, and Friday (Chicago).[2] Bates visited with the Hoovers at their Red House in London for several weeks in 1911.[4]

Personal life

Bates' summer home was at Lebanon Park, in Mount Lebanon, New York, while the rest of the year, her address was 615 Fifth Avenue, in New York City.[2] Her son Lindon Bates, Jr. also became an engineer;[3] he later perished in the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.[5]

Bates died in New York state.[3]

Selected works

  • A blind lead : the story of a mine (1888)
  • A Nameless Wrestler (1889)
  • Armaïs and others (1892)
  • Bunch-grass Stories (1895)




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