Senator Rex R. Bateson View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 1/15/1964
Birth Place: Eldora, IA
Birth County: Hardin
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 52 (1947) - 55 (1953)
Home County: Hardin
Rex R. Bateson
Hardin County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the Honorable R. R. Bateson, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Mr. Bateson was born in Eldora, Hardin County, Iowa, on November 15, 1897, a son of Harvey E. Bateson and Ellen May McDonald. He was a graduate of Eldora High School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the State University of Iowa law school. He was married to Bernice Grigg of West Liberty in 1933. He began his practice of law in Eldora soon after being admitted to the bar in 1923. At the time of his death on January 15, 1965, he was the senior member of the Bateson and Dunn law firm in Eldora.

Mr. Bateson had a wide acquaintance in state and local Republican circles and was elected Hardin county attorney in 1932. He was active in community affairs during the past thirty years serving as Chamber of Commerce president, chairman of the Memorial Hospital board, past master of the local Masonic lodge, president of the Eldora school board, Hardin county president of the Tall Corn Boy Scout Council, commander of the Walter Sayer American Legion Post No. 182, a member of the Wildlife club and the Congregational church. He also held memberships in the county, state and American bar associations. He served as president of both the Hardin county and state bar associations and was chairman of the professional ethics and conduct committee from 1951-1959.

Mr. Bateson represented Hardin, Hamilton and Wright Counties in the State Senate during the Fifty-second, Fifty-third, Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth General Assemblies of Iowa, serving on many important standing committees.

Mr. Bateson’s untimely death followed a heart attack while on vacation with his wife at Acapulco, Mexico. The Senate is proud to acknowledge the high character of his service to the state.

He is survived by his widow; two children, Robert R., a Chicago attorney, and Bette Thompson of Mason City; and three grandchildren, Robin, Richard and Randall Bateson.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty-first General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable R. R. Bateson the State of Iowa has lost a valued and honored citizen, and by this resolution attests its sincere sympathy to his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and the Secretary of the Senate be directed to send an enrolled copy to Mrs. Bateson, his son and his daughter.

JOHN A. WALKER, Chairman,




The resolution was unanimously adopted.