YAPLE, George Lewis

1851–1939

Biography

YAPLE, George Lewis, a Representative from Michigan; born in Leonidas, St. Joseph County, Mich., on February 20, 1851; moved with his parents to Mendon, Mich., in 1857; attended the common schools and Albion (Mich.) College; was graduated from the Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1871 and completed a postgraduate course in 1874; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1872, but was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1877, when he commenced the practice of law at Mendon, Mich.; unsuccessful Greenback candidate for election in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for election as Governor in 1886; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1888; resumed the practice of law in Mendon, Mich.; circuit judge of the fifteenth circuit of Michigan 1894-1911; became a member of the Republican Party in 1916; retired from active pursuits and resided in Mendon, Mich., until his death December 16, 1939; interment in Mendon Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Michigan
Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library

Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1881-1940, 200 items. The scrapbooks of George L. Yaple contain news clippings recounting political activities and newspaper accounts of speeches, especially during his congressional campaigns in 1882 and 1884, and his gubernatorial campaign in 1886.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Yaple, George Lewis. The tariff. Speech of Hon. George L. Yaple of Michigan, in the House of Representatives, Wednesday, April 23, 1884. [Washington: Government Printing Office, 1884].

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