The surname Cate was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.
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George Washington Cate (1825-1905), American politician, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
William Henderson Cate (1839-1899), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Arkansas State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Arkansas 1st District, 1889-93 
Tom Cate, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 44th District, 1992 
Norman S. Cate, American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1862 
John C. Cate, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1948 
George Washington Cate (1825-1905), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly, 1852-53; Circuit Judge in Wisconsin 7th Circuit, 1854-75; U.S. Representative from Wisconsin 8th District, 1875-77 
Charles E. Cate, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 11th District, 1879-80 
Byron Lee Cate Sr. (1942-1998), American politician, Member of Oklahoma State House of Representatives, 1966-73; Member of Oklahoma State Senate, 1973-86 
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