1788 – Joshua Bates was an American financier, born at Weymouth, Massachusetts.
1828 – Became associated with the great house of Baring Brothers & Co. of London.
1853 – He was umpire of the commission convened to arbitrate the claims of American citizens.
1852 – Founded the Boston Library by giving $50,000 for that purpose, with the provision that the interest of the money should be expended for books of permanent value, and that the city should make adequate provision for at least 100 readers.
– He afterward gave 30,000 volumes to the institution.
The main hall of which is named "Bates Hall" in his honor.