Historian; University professor. Born– May 6, 1919, Birmingham. Parents–Howard Edward and Mattie Gammel Bates.  Married– Dorothy Pettit, 1942; children–two. Education– Wake Forest, B.A., 1941; University of North Carolina, M.A., 1946, Ph.D., 1952. Military service–U.S.Navy, WWII. Taught history at the University of North Carolina, 1946-1947;, University of Maryland, 1947-1954; University of Illinois 1954-1984. Visiting professor at Arizona State and University of Leningrad.  Member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, and Southern Historical Association. Awarded emeritus status on his retirement at the University of Illinois, 1984.  Died October 17, 1998.


Directory of American Scholars, 1974;


Fulfilling American Democracy:  The Conservation Movement, 1907-1921.  Bobbs-Merrill, 1957.

Origins of Teapot Dome. Urbana, Ill.; University of Illinois Press, 1963.

Senator Thomas J. Walsh of Montana:  Law and Public Affairs from TR to FDR.  Urbana:  University of Illinois Press, 1999.

The United States, 1898-1928; Progressivism and a Society in Transition. New York; McGraw, 1976.


Tom Walsh in Dakota Territory: Personal Correspondence of Senator Thomas J. Walsh. Urbana, Ill.; University of Illinois, 1966.


The papers of James Leonard Bates are held by the University of Illinois Archives.