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Richard Yates


In office
January 14, 1901 – 1905
Lieutenant William A. Northcott
Preceded by John Riley Tanner
Succeeded by Charles Samuel Deneen

Born December 12, 1860
Jacksonville, Illinois
Died April 11, 1936 (aged 75)
Springfield, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Helen Wadsworth
Children  ?
Residence Jacksonville; Springfield; Harbor Springs, Michigan
Alma mater Illinois College; University of Michigan
Occupation Attorney; County judge
Profession Politician
Military service
Service/branch United States National Guard
Years of service 1885-1890
Rank Private
Unit Illinois

Richard Yates (December 12, 1860 - April 11, 1936) was the 22nd Governor of Illinois from 1901 to 1905. From 1919 to 1933, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois. Although he failed to receive his party's nomination in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress, he was later appointed nominee and elected in place of Henry R. Rathbone who died prior to the election. In 1932, he was unsuccessful in his bid for reelection to the Seventy-third Congress.

His father, also Richard Yates, was also an Illinois politician. The son was born in Jacksonville, Illinois and attended public schools and, from 1870-1874, the Illinois Woman’s College. He was the city editor of the Daily Courier in 1878 and 1879, and of the Daily Journal 1881-1883. Yates graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville in 1880 and from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1884. He practiced law in Jacksonville and was city attorney of Jacksonville 1885-1890 and county judge of Morgan County 1894-1897. From 1897 to 1900 Yates was United States collector of internal revenue for the eighth internal revenue district.

Yates served as a private in Company I, Fifth Infantry, Illinois National Guard from 1885-1890.

After leaving Congress, Yates resided in Harbor Springs, Michigan, and Springfield, Illinois, while writing his memoirs. He died in Springfield and was buried in Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville.

PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Political offices
Preceded by
John R. Tanner
Governor of Illinois
1901–1905
Succeeded by
Charles S. Deneen
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