Jacob M. Gates was the 2nd Mayor of St. George from 1866 to 1870. Mayor Gates concentrated on obtaining an adequate water supply. All possibilities were pursued. He was able to secure the large stream of pure mountain water called Cottonwood Creek. A canal was started to bring the stream the last fifteen miles from Pine Valley mountain to the city. Gates served on many committees, was Director of Southern Utah Cooperative Mercantile Association, member of the State Legislative Assembly and one of the First Presidents of the Seventies.