YATES, Richard

YATES, Richard
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1860–1936

Biography

YATES, Richard, (son of Richard Yates [1815–1873]), a Representative from Illinois; born in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., December 12, 1860; attended public schools and Illinois Woman's College, Jacksonville, Ill., 1870-1874; city editor of the Daily Courier in 1878 and 1879, and of the Daily Journal 1881-1883; was graduated from the Illinois College, Jacksonville, Ill., in 1880 and from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1884; commenced practice in Jacksonville, Ill.; city attorney of Jacksonville 1885-1890; private in Company I, Fifth Infantry, Illinois National Guard 1885-1890; county judge of Morgan County 1894-1897; United States collector of internal revenue for the eighth internal revenue district 1897-1900; Governor of Illinois 1901-1904; member of the State public utilities commission 1914-1917; assistant attorney general of the State of Illinois in 1917 and 1918; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful for renomination in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress but was later appointed nominee and elected in place of Henry R. Rathbone, deceased; unsuccessful for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress; resided in Harbor Springs, Mich., and Springfield, Ill., while engaged in writing his memoirs; died in Springfield, Ill., April 11, 1936; interment in Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville, Ill.

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

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: In the Yates Family Papers, 1789-1936, 14.9 linear feet. The Yates Family Papers contain correspondence, scrapbooks, writings, genealogical material primarily concerning his family history and literary endeavors. The papers are organized into three series: I. Richard Yates, Sr.,1789-1873; II. Richard Yates, Jr., 1874-1936; III. Bound Volumes, 1837-1927. Items relating to Richard Yates include some scrapbooks concerning his congressional years, an autobiography (undated, 301 pages), and gubernatorial photographs. A finding aid is available in the repository.
Papers: In the John Dean Gillett Oglesby Papers, 1878-1938, 16.38 linear feet. Persons represented include Richard Yates.
Papers: In the George Pasfield Scrapbook, 1834-1912, 1 volume. Persons represented include Richard Yates.
Papers: In the Frederick Rowe Scrapbooks, 1888-1937, 1.96 linear feet. Persons represented include Richard Yates.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Yates, Richard. Serving the Republic . . . An Autobiography. Edited by John H. Krenkel. Danville, Ill.: Interstate Printers and Publishers, 1968.

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