Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. WIlliam Brimage Bate (October 7, 1826 March 9, 1905) was the governor of Tennessee from 1883 to 1887 and subsequently a United States Senator from Tennessee from 1887 until his death. HE served in the Confederate forces in the American Civil War, attaining the rank of major general and commanding a division in the Army of Tennessee. WIlliam Bate was born in Bledsoe''s Lick (now Castalian Springs, Tennessee). HE was a clerk for a steamboat company and edited a newspaper. HE served in the Mexican War (1846 48) as a first lieutenant in the 3rd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. HE served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1849 to 1851. HE graduated from law school in Lebanon, Tennessee in 1852 and was admitted to the bar in that year, establishing his practice in Gallatin, Tennessee. HE became district attorney general for the Nashville district in 1854.