Edward P. Gates, lawyer and jurist, was born March 5,
1845, at Lunnenburgh, Vermont. When he was five years old his
parents moved to Illinois, where he received his early
education. He was graduated with the highest honors from Knox
College, Galesburg, in 1867. Meanwhile his parents had moved to
Independence, Mo., and he came West to join them. For a year he
read law in the office of Comingo & Slover, and in 1868 was
admitted to the bar. In 1877 he formed a partnership with
William H. Wallace, enduring for twenty years.
In 1886 Judge Gates was County
Counselor. He was once pitted against Roscoe Conkling in the
trial of a case. At the election in 1896 Judge Gates was
elevated to the Circuit bench. The demands of a large and
important law practice have not prevented Judge Gates from becoming
well versed in literature. His private library is one of the most
complete in the city.
Judge Gates was married November 4, 1886, to
Miss Pattie Field Embrey, of Richmond, Ky.