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William C. Oates
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Birth Date:September 9, 1910
Astrology Sign:Virgo
Chinese Sign:Dog - Yin
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Occupation:US Politician

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William C. Oates

Biography:William C. Oates (either November 30 or December 1, 1833 - September 9, 1910) was a Confederate colonel during the American Civil War and later the Democratic Governor of Alabama from 1894 to 1896.

William C. Oates was born in Pike County, Alabama to William and Sarah (Sellers) Oates, a poor farming family. At the age of 17, he believed that he had killed a man in a violent brawl and left home for Florida. Oates became a drifter, settling in Texas for a couple of years before returning to Alabama at the urging of his younger brother John, who had been dispatched by the family to locate him. He studied law and passed the bar examination, opening a practice in Abbeville.

Oates joined the Confederate Army in 1861 and eventually became the commander of the 15th Alabama infantry regiment in the spring of 1863. He fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, leading his troops in a series of charges on Little Round Top, where his brother John perished. Oates participated in the battles of Chickamauga, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House. After transferring to the 48th Alabama, he was wounded near Petersburg, Virginia, losing his right arm and ending his active service.

Oates resumed his law practice in Henry County, Alabama, and served as a delegate to the 1868 Democratic National Convention. From 1870 to 1872, he was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives. In 1880, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served seven consecutive terms. Oates married Sarah Toney of Eufaula on March 28, 1882, and they had one son, William Calvin, Jr., who eventually joined his father in the law practice.

Oates was elected governor of Alabama in 1894 in a bitter campaign. Two years later, he unsuccessfully tried to secure his party's nomination as a candidate for the United States Senate. President William McKinley commissioned Oates as a brigadier general in 1898 and he served in the Spanish American War. He returned to his law practice and speculated in real estate. He tried unsuccessfully to have a monument erected at Gettysburg to his fallen brother and comrades in the old 15th Alabama.

Oates died on September 9, 1910, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery.

Chinese Horoscope for William C. Oates
Includes characteristics and Vices
William C. Oates's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 10, 1910 - January 29, 1911
Birthday: September 9, 1910

The Dog is a Yin,
and is the Eleventh sign of the Chinese horoscope.


Personality and Character Cards:
Numerology is used to calculate tarot cards

William C. Oates's Personality Tarot Card Justice - Personality Card

Birthday: September 9, 1910

Balance, wisdom and a need for rational, logical solutions.

William C. Oates's Character Tarot Card The High Priestess - Character Card

Birthday: September 9, 1910

Wisdom, secrets to be revealed, and the development of intuition.

This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

William C. Oates's Growth Tarot Card The Chariot

Birthday: September 9, 2023

A struggle or conflict, yet strong potential for triumph over adversity.




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