George Joseph Bates (February 25, 1891 – November 1, 1949) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Massachusetts. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1918–1924. Bates was then elected Mayor of Salem in 1924 at the age of 33. He served as mayor until 1937, at which time he was sworn in as a Republican member of the House in the 75th Congress. He was re-elected six times.
Bates was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Annie (Burns) and Thomas F. Bates. Bates died in the crash of Eastern Air Lines Flight 537 in Washington, D.C. in 1949. He was replaced in the House by his son, William Henry Bates. He was buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Salem. Bates Elementary School in Salem is named after George J. Bates and his son.
- Howard, Richard T. (1920), Public Officials of Massachusetts 1920, Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. Page 90.
- Howard, Richard T. (1921), Public Officials of Massachusetts 1921–1922, Boston, MA: The Boston Review, p. Page 95.
- The New York Times (December 5, 1923), "SALEM ELECTS MAYOR TO CLOSE BARROOMS; Massachusetts City Gives Dry Candidate the Biggest Majority in Its History.", The New York Times., New York City
- "Interview with John Mulaney". Late Night with Seth Meyers. NBC. February 8, 2018.
- United States Congress. "George J. Bates (id: B000232)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
"Memorial services held in the House of Representatives of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of George Joseph Bates, late a representative from Massachusetts frontispiece 1950"
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th congressional district
January 3, 1937 – November 1, 1949
William H. Bates
|| 41st Mayor of