Representative William H. Tate View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 9/20/1959
Birth Place: Independence, IA
Birth County: Buchanan
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 57 (1957)
House: 54 (1951) - 56 (1955)
Home County: Cerro Gordo
William H. Tate
Cerro Gordo County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable William H. (Bill) Tate, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

William Tate was born in Buchanan County, August 11, 1900, eldest of nine children of S. R. and Alice Ringold Tate.

He passed away September 21, 1959, at the age of fifty-nine years, at a hospital in Des Moines. He had been ill for eight months.

Mr. Tate was a lifelong resident of Iowa. Reared at Independence, he held a bachelor’s degree from Upper Iowa University and a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. He was at one time superintendent of schools at Elma, Manly and Atlantic. He was from a family of athletes. He served in the Army in World War I and was gassed and wounded in action.

He married Vivian Bancroft of Monticello, Iowa, who survives him. Also surviving are: His mother, Mrs. Alice Tate, Franklin Park, Illinois; three daughters, Althea, at home, Mrs. Robert Wolf, Omaha, Nebraska, and Mrs. Robert Kimball, Rome, New York; two sons, William Tate, Jr., with the Air Force, and Thomas, at home; four brothers, Edward and Vern of Waterloo, Paul, LaJunta, Colorado, and Fae Robert, Humboldt; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ritchie, Independence, and Mrs. John Greiff, Franklin Park, Illinois, and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Tate was a State Representative for Cerro Gordo County from 1950 to 1956 and State Senator from this district from 1956 to 1957. He resigned as Senator in 1957 to become real estate officer in western Iowa and northwest Missouri for the Post Office Department.

He was a member of the Wesley Methodist Church, Kiwanis Club, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masons and Elks.

Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Fifty-ninth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of William Tate the state has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the Senate by this resolution would express its appreciation of his service, and tender its sympathy to the members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be spread on the Journal of the Senate, and that the Secretary of the Senate be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.





The resolution was unanimously adopted.