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Richard Yates

Richard Yates, American senator, governor of Illinois. member Illinois Legislature, 1842-1846, 48-50; member United States House of Representatives (Whig) from Illinois, 32d-33d congresses, 1851-1855, opposed Kansas-Nebraska Bill; member United States Senate from Illinois, 1865-1871, favored vindictive measures against South.

Background

  • Yates, Richard was born on January 18, 1815 in Warsaw, Kentucky, United States. Son of Henry and Millicent (Yates) Yates.

  • Education

    • Graduate Illinois College, Jacksonville, 1835. Studied law Transylvania U., Lexington, Kentucky.

    Career

    • Admitted to Illinois bar, 1837. Practiced in Jacksonville. Member Illinois Legislature, 1842-1846, 48-50.

      Member United States House of Representatives (Whig) from Illinois, 32d-33d congresses, 1851-1855, opposed Kansas-Nebraska Bill. Delegate to Republican nat. convs. which nominated Abraham Lincoln, 1860, Ulysses S. Grant, 1868. Governor Illinois, 1861-1865, gave Grant his 1st Civil War commission as colonel 21st Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, 1861, fought Democratic majority in state legislature opposing conduct of war.

      Member United States Senate from Illinois, 1865-1871, favored vindictive measures against South.

    Membership

    Member Illinois Legislature, 1842-1846, 48-50. Member United States House of Representatives (Whig) from Illinois, 32d-33d congresses, 1851-1855, opposed Kansas-Nebraska Bill. Member United States Senate from Illinois, 1865-1871, favored vindictive measures against South.

    Connections

    • Married Catherine Geers, July 11, 1839, at least 5 children including Richard.
    • father: Henry Yates
    • mother: Millicent (Yates) Yates
    • spouse: Catherine Geers
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    Born January 18, 1815
    Died November 27, 1873
    (aged 58)
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