William C. Oates

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William C. Oates
29th Governor of Alabama
In office
December 1, 1894 – December 1, 1896
Preceded byThomas G. Jones
Succeeded byJoseph F. Johnston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1881 – November 5, 1894
Preceded byWilliam J. Samford
Succeeded byGeorge Paul Harrison, Jr.
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1835-11-30)November 30, 1835
Pike County, Alabama
DiedSeptember 9, 1910(1910-09-09) (aged 74)
Montgomery, Alabama
Resting placeOakwood Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
Years of service
  • 1861–65
  • 1898
  • Alabama 15th Alabama Infantry
  • Alabama 48th Alabama

William Calvin Oates (either November 30 or December 1, 1833 – September 9, 1910) was a Confederate colonel during the American Civil War. He became a brigadier general in 1898, and also fought in the Spanish–American War.

In between he was a Democratic member of the Alabama House of Representatives from 1870 to 1872, a member of the United States House of Representatives for Alabama from 1881 to 1894, and Governor of Alabama from 1894 to 1896.

William C. Oates was born in Pike County, Alabama. He studied law and passed the bar examination, opening a practice in Abbeville. Oates died in Montgomery, Alabama, and was buried there in Oakwood Cemetery.

Sources[change | change source]

  • William C. Oates, The War Between the Union and the Confederacy, The Neale Publishing Company, 1905.
  • Glenn W. LaFantasie, Gettysburg Requiem: The Life of William C. Oates, Oxford University Press, 2005.