Ralph Fesler Gates was the 37th Governor of Indiana, a U.S. state and served office from 1945 to 1949. He was born in Columbia City, and continued to stay there all through his life time. By profession a lawyer, he was a person who served to the country as a veteran of World War I. Later on, he not only worked as an Indiana Commander in the American Legion, but also as a Republican state Chairman.
Ralph Gates was the first son of Alice Fesler and Benton E Gates. He was born in Columbia City, Indiana on February 24th 1893. As a young boy, Gates earned his income delivering local newspapers in the city. He graduated from high school and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1917 from the University of Michigan. After the World War I, Gate was selected by the U.S. Navy in September 1917.
After completing his education, Gates returned to Indiana and began practicing law in his father’s organization. In South Whitley, he met Helene Edwards who was a local school teacher in Muncie. Both got married on October 30, 1919 and bought a house in Columbia City. They had two kids named as Robert and Patricia.
Later on, he got involved into politics when he first became the attorney of Whitley County in 1920. Later on in 1922, he became the legal attorney for South Whitley and continued with the same position till 1944. He also got a chance to serve Columbia City as an attorney from 1927 to 1929. In 1931, Gates became the commander of American legion, which led him to travel around the country with many politicians. Soon, he became the chairman of the Indiana State Republican Party in 1941. In 1944, Gates led a campaign at the state convention to run for the position of Governor of Indiana.
His work in office solely focused on encouraging overall economic development of the country and providing incentives for industrial expansion after end of World War II. After retiring from law practice, Ralph Gates spent most of his time gardening and collecting large number of books on American Civil War. On July 28, 1978, Ralph Gates died due to natural reasons. Gates remained a Republican Party leader until his last breath.