Leslie F. Gates

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Leslie F. Gates
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Occupation Former President of the Chicago Board of Trade

Leslie F. Gates was an American farmer, grain merchant, exchange member and leader who served as the president of the Chicago Board of Trade from 1920 to 1921.[1] Gates was succeeded by Joseph P. Griffin, who had served as president of the CBOT in 1916 and 1917.[2]

He was the head of Lamson Bros., one of the leading grain houses of its time.

Background[edit]

Gates was born in Canton, OH and spent his early years there. He later lived in Wilmette, IL at 723 Eighth Street.

He entered the grain commission business in 1906 with Lamson Brothers & Company and was still associated with the firm when he died at the age of 55 in 1928. When Gates passed away in Battle Creek Michigan, after suffering acute indigestion for three days, the Chicago Board of Trade board of directors held a special meeting and voted to close the exchange early the next day in honor of Gates. They passed a resolution in his honor and a delegation was sent to the funeral.[3] He is interned in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.

Gates served for many years as a trustee for his alma matter Lafayette College and donated generously to the institution. Lafayette College announced on June 8, 1929, the construction of a new dormitory on campus to honor Gates' extensive service as a trustee. The building's first cornerstone was laid on Founder's Day, October 17, 1930, and it was dedicated as Gates Hall on May 20, 1931.[4][5]

As a resident of Wilmette, IL, he took an interest in New Trier High School and served as the president of the township high school board. A gymnasium was named the "Leslie F. Gate Gymnasium" at the school and served the community for many years until it was demolished in 2022.[6]

Gates was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, the Union League Club of Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, City Club, North Shore Country Club and the Commonwealth Club.[7][8]

He was first elected as a director of the Chicago Board of Trade in 1911 and served continuously in various roles, including as president in 1920 and 1921.

Education[edit]

He graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

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