Horatio Lloyd Gates was born on July 26, 1727, in Maldon, Essex, Great Britain. He served as a British soldier until 1754 when, while in Nova Scotia, he sold his commission and purchased a captaincy in New York.

During the American Revolution, Gates served in the Continental Army and fought against Great Britain. Congress commissioned Gates as a Brigadier General and Adjutant General in June 1775.

One of America's most controversial generals, Gates survived the war and died on April 10, 1806, in New York City and is buried in Trinity Church graveyard.

Horatio Lloyd Gates was born on July 26, 1727, in Maldon, Essex, Great Britain. He served as a British soldier until 1754 when, while in Nova Scotia, he sold his commission and purchased a captaincy in New York. During the American Revolution, Gates served in the Continental Army and fought against Great Britain. Congress commissioned Gates as a Brigadier General and Adjutant General in June 1775. One of America's most controversial generals, Gates survived the war and died on April 10, 1806, in New York City and is buried in Trinity Church graveyard.