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Professor of History, Cornell University. Paul W. Gates was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on December 4, 1901.

He taught at Harvard and Bucknell from 1929-1936 and worked for the Federal Agricultural Adjustment Administration, 1934-1935. He joined the history faculty at Cornell University and was Chairman of the History Department from 1946-1956. His research in United States public land policy resulted in the publication of seven books and numerous articles. He had four childredn Edward Wilder Gates known as "Ted" or "Teddy", Lillian Francis Gates, known as "Sue", Annete Rachel Gates, and Rosemary Wilder Gates.