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Richard Yates papers

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Biographical Note

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Correspondence

Tonica and Petersburg Railroad Materials

Speeches

Personal Documents, Printed Material


Richard Yates papers, 1842-1923 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Richard Yates papers, 1842-1923Add to your cart.

ID: 1/6/MSS 232

Primary Creator: Yates, Richard, (1815-1873.)

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in four series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Tonica and Petersburg railroad materials, (3) Speeches, 1851-1872, (4) Personal documents and printed material.

Subjects: Governors - Illinois - History, Illinois - History, Illinois - Politics and government, Railroads - United States - History, Tonica and Petersburg Railroad - Company - History, Yates, Richard, 1815-1873

Forms of Material: Corporation records., Correspondence., Ledgers (account books), Records (documents), Speeches, addresses, etc., Yates, Richard, 1815-1873 - Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Richard Yates Collection contains correspondence, speeches, financial records, and other materials from 1842 through 1923.  The correspondence documents Richard Yates' participation in Illinois government, as well as correspondence regarding his interest in the Tonica and Petersburg Railroad providing numerous letters before, during, and after his governorship.  The majority of the correspondence was received by Richard Yates, but copies of a few letters of response are present.  The collection also includes published pamphlets and offprints of Richard Yates' speeches as well as personal documents and saved printed materials.  Several obituaries and editorials reporting the death of Governor Yates are included as well.

Biographical Note

Yates was elected as a Representative to the Illinois Congress, a position he held for most of the 1840s.  In the early 1850s, he served two terms in the United States House of Representatives, but after an unsuccessful bid for reelection, he returned his focus to state level issues.

After returning to Illinois he joined the growing movement for a railroad through Menard County that was ultimately realized in the Tonica and Petersburg Railraod. Today, under control of the Chicago and Alton Railroad Company, the Tonica and Petersburg line runs to Kansas City, still carrying passengers and freight.

Richard Yates was inaugurated as governor of Illinois just three months before the attack on Fort Sumter, and quickly aligned himself and his state with the goals of President Lincoln.  After four years of fighting, the Civil War and Yates' governorship came to a close, but he continued to serve his state as a member of the U.S. Senate.  He did not seek reelection 1871, likely due to his declining health.

Following a long period of illness, Richard Yates died from apoplexy in November 1873.

Subject/Index Terms

Governors - Illinois - History
Illinois - History
Illinois - Politics and government
Railroads - United States - History
Tonica and Petersburg Railroad - Company - History
Yates, Richard, 1815-1873

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information on this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Acquisition Source: Purchased

Preferred Citation: [Item], Richard Yates papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


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Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1842 - 1848Add to your cart.

12 Dec 1842, [___] Duncan, Elm Grove

20 Nov 1843, J.J. Hardin, Lancaster, KY

17 Jan 1845, J.J. Hardin, Washington

20 Jan 1845, Ira O. Wilkinson, Lewiston, IL

16 Feb 1846, E.D. Baker, Washington

26 Aug 1848, D.M. Woodson, Whitehall

12 Dec 1848, E.D. Baker, Springfield, IL

Folder 2: Correspondence, 1850-1855Add to your cart.

7 Sept 1850, Thomas L. Harris, Washington

12 Jan 1852, A. Yates, Jacksonville, IL

9 Apr 1852, to:  Francis [__], Washington

12 July 1852, J. Capell, Jacksonville, IL

12 Aug 1852, to:  unidentified, Washington

22 Aug 1852, William Kellogg, Peoria, IL

3 July 1854, to:  Henry and Cathy

Yates, Washington

17 July 1854, to:  B.S. Edwards, Washington

20 Nov 1854, J.M. Ruggles, Bath, IL

9 Jan 1855, William Butler, Springfield, IL

Folder 3: Correspondence, 1856-1858Add to your cart.

3 Jan 1856, J.M. Lucas, Washington City, IL

2 Apr 1856, J.M. Lucas, Washington City, IL

18 July 1856, N. Sargent, Washington

23 Oct 1856, J. Knox, Knoxville, IL

21 May 1858, J.M. Lucas, Washington City, IL

13 Sept 1858, J.M. Lucas, Washington City, IL

16 Sept 1858, J.M. Lucas, Washington City, IL

Folder 4: Correspondence, 1859Add to your cart.

26 Mar 1859, Paul Selby, Jacksonville, IL

14 Apr 1859, Paul Selby, Springfield, IL

11 June 1859, M.W. Delohay, Chicago, IL

11 July 1859, J.M. Lucas, Washington City, IL

21 Aug 1859, Pascal P. Enos, Springfield, IL

23 Aug 1859, James E. Calloway, Tuscola, IL

19 Sept 1859, Republicans of Centralia

(J. Pettijohn, R. Nobleman, George

McKee, L. Callam), Centralia, IL

22 Oct 1859, [S] L. Baker, Bloomington, IL

24 Oct 1859, James E. Calloway, Tuscola, IL

27 Oct 1859, S.L. Baker, Blooomington, IL

1 Nov 1859, S.L. Baker, Chicago, IL

2 Nov 1859, S.L. Baker, Chicago, IL

9 Nov 1859, S.L. Baker, Chicago, IL

13 Nov 1859, S.L. Baker, Chicago, IL

14 Nov 1859, S.L. Baker, Chicago, IL

Folder 5: Correspondence, 1860 January - MarchAdd to your cart.

3 Jan 1860, to:  Alexander Sympson,

Jacksonville, IL

21 Jan 1860, Robert Capell to Martin Capell,

Metamora, IL

6 Feb 1860, Henry Draper, Naples, IL

10 Feb 1860, George Straut, Peoria, IL

27 Feb 1860, Charles E. Woodward,

Shelbyville, IL

15 Mar 1860, to:  A.H. Miller, Jacksonville, IL

17 Mar 1860, Dr. Franklin Blade, Middleport, IL

19 Mar 1860, James E. Calloway, Tuscola, IL

19 Mar 1860, D.D. Driscoll, Chicago, IL

23 Mar 1860, Ira Buck, Aurora, IL

24 Mar 1860, J.H. Blodget, Mendota, IL

24 Mar 1860, D.D. Driscoll, Chicago, IL

26 Mar 1860, D.D. Driscoll, Chicago, IL

30 Mar 1860, John L. Marsh, Chicago, IL

Folder 6: Correspondence, 1860 April - MayAdd to your cart.

2 Apr 1860, James E. Calloway, Tuscola, IL

7 Apr 1860, Dr. Franklin Blade, Middleport, IL

16 Apr 1860, D.D. Driscoll, Chicago, IL

23 Apr 1860, James E. Calloway, Tuscola, IL

27 Apr 1860, Leonard Suett, Jacksonville, IL

(continued)

28 Apr 1860, J.G. Petrie to J.W. Waughop,

Ogle County, IL to Oregon, IL

30 Apr 1860, J.O. Norton, Joliet, IL

1 May 1860, J.W. Waughop, Chicago, IL

1 May 1860, J.P. Woods, Carlinville, IL

3 May 1860, J.W. Waughop, Chicago, IL

4 May 1860, D.D. Driscoll, Chicago, IL

31 May 1860, Lyman Trumbull, Washington

Folder 7: Correspondence, 1860 June - NovemberAdd to your cart.

11 June 1860, to:  John, St Louis, MO

1 July 1860, John Wentworth, Chicago, IL

21 July 1860, J.P. Cooper, Marshall, IL

14 Aug 1860, Robert Goodenow,

Farmington, ME

19 Aug 1860, O.M. Hatch, Springfield, IL

8 Oct 1860, Lyman Trumbull, Springfield, IL

17 Nov 1860, A.C. Fuller, [Behidece]

26 Nov 1860, A.C. Fuller, [Behidece]

Folder 8: Correspondence, 1861Add to your cart.

9 Feb 1861, John McCullough, Huntington, PA

16 May 1861, D.W. Whitney, Belvidere

19 May 1861, N.W. Harris, Laclede, MO

21 May 1861, J.W. Shaffer, Freeport

7 June 1861, J.K. Albright, Mt. Vernon, IL

2 July 1861, J.M. Kelly, Carbondale, IL

29 July 1861, Noah Greyman, Perry County,

IL

12 Aug 1861, to:  John Pope, Springfield, IL

29 Aug 1861, B. Frank Beesley, Bath, IL

29 Aug 1861, John Knox, Chicago, IL

16 Sept 1861, B.L. Livingston, Olney, IL

17 Sept 1861, D. B. Greene, St. Louis, MO

21 Sept 1861, D.L. Phillips, Centralia, IL

6 Oct 1861, J.M. Kelly, Carbondale, IL

20 Oct, 1861, to: S.P. Chase, Springfield, IL

28 Oct 1861, William Greene, Mt. Vernon, IL

1 Dec 1861, Martin Capell, Philadelphia, PA

16 Dec 1861, F. Larmiento, Philadelphia, PA

Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1862 January - FebruaryAdd to your cart.

11 Jan 1862, M.C. Meigs, Washington City, IL

18 Jan 1862, A.M. Knopp, Springfield, IL

27 Jan 1862, Martin Capell to William Kellogg, Jacksonville, IL

5 Feb 1862, to: John Wentworth, Springfield, IL

5 Feb 1862, to: William A. Hacker, Springfield, IL

6 Feb 1862, to: A.B. Barrett, Washington, D.C.

11 Feb 1862, Martin Capell to [__] Halleck,

Philadelphia, PA

22 Feb 1862, M.C. Meigs to L.C. Hopkins,

Washington City, IL

26 Feb 1862, to: [__] Halleck, Springfield, IL

26 Feb 1862, to: [__] Halleck, Springfield, IL

Folder 2: Correspondence, 1862 March - JuneAdd to your cart.

7 Mar 1862, I.N. Haynie, Springfield, IL

8 Mar 1862, Allen Fuller to John A. Potter,

Springfield, IL

10 Mar 1862, to: John A. Potter, Sprinfield, IL

12 Mar 1862, M.C. Meigs, Washington City, IL

13 Mar 1862, to: M.C. Meigs, Springfield, IL

15 Mar 1862, to: John Olney, Springfield, IL

16 Mar 1862, John L. Perry, Metamora, IL

18 Mar 1862, to: L. Trumbull, Springfield, IL

26 Mar 1862, to: Dr. Filbert, Springfield, IL

9 Apr 1862, George Bergen, St. Louis, M

20 Apr 1862, to: [___] Halleck, Springfield, IL

20 May 1862, John A. Potter to unknown,

Chicago, IL

31 May 1862, to: F. Larmiento, Springfield IL

9 June 1862, to: D.E. Williams, Springfield, IL

24 June 1862, George W. Winans, Springfield, IL

29 June 1862, Lewis Ellsworth, aboard

steamer  "J.D. Perry"

29 June 1862, J.R. Jones, Chicago, IL

29 June 1862, Joseph H. Tucker, Chicago, IL

Folder 3: Correspondence, 1862 July - DecemberAdd to your cart.

13 July 1862, E.L. Lelande, Ottawa

13 July 1862, Richard McAllister, Cairo, IL

13 July 1862, Charles Newcomer, Mt. Morris

15 July 1862, G.W. Southwick, Arcadia, IL

16 July 1862, Lewis Ellsworth, Jackson, TN

21 July 1862, W.L. Pope, Mt. Morris

21 July 1862, John Mather, Jacksonville, IL

23 July 1862, A.J. Grover and William R. Haight, Earlville, IL

25 July 1862, John Russell, Bluff Dale

25 July 1862, William W. Wright, Foulon, IL

26 July 1862, J.J. Richards, Chicago, IL

14 Aug 1862, H. Laguin, Lee County, IL

18 Aug 1862, to: R.W. Smith, Springfield, IL

19 Aug 1862, J.F. Robinson, Frankfort, KY

21 Aug 1862, Thomas J. Moore, Starfield, IL

8 Sept 1862, to: J.L. Hancock, Springfield, IL

12 Sept 1862, William B. Totten, Mt. Kisko, NY

10 Oct 1862, to: William C. Hurd, Springfield, IL

11 Oct 1862, V.C. Taylor, Springfield, IL

17 Oct 1862, to: Robert Smith, Springfield, IL

21 Oct 1862, A. Chester, Washington, D.C.

3 Nov 1862, Charles G. Allen, Cave City, KY

6 Nov 1862, G.W. Rivers, Paris, IL

3 Dec 1862, [__] Tomlin, Galma

9 Dec 1862, to: E.M. Stanton, Springfield, IL

18 Dec 1862, A.J. Mattson, Morrison, IL

Folder 4: Correspondence, 1864-1869Add to your cart.

14 Dec 1862, E.M. Haines, Washington, D.C.

6 Jan 1865, A.Y. Ellis, Madison County, IL

19 June 1866, Francis A. Hoffmann, Chicago, IL

28 Dec 1867, G.W. Rivers, Paris, IL

8 Jan 1868, L.W. Reavis, St. Louis, MO

24 July 1869, H.D. Cook, Washington City, IL

11 Aug 1869, to: H.D. Cook, Jacksonville, IL

Folder 5: Correspondence, 1870 January - MayAdd to your cart.

1 Jan 1870, J.D. Strong, St. Joseph, MO

7 Jan 1870, Logan Cassell, Jacksonville, IL

7 Jan 1870, J.G. Wilson, Chicago, IL

13 Jan 1870, W.H. DeMotte, Jacksonville, IL

14 Jan 1870, J.L. Crane, Springfield, IL

22 Jan 1870,  J.M. [Steulevant], Jacksonville, IL

27 Jan 1870, R.J. Cassell, Eureka, IL

29 Jan 1870, George L. Bergen, Galesburg, IL

19 Feb 1870, George Chamberlain, Denver, CO

4 Mar 1870, John R. Woods, Winchester, IL

4 Mar 1870, John R. Woods, Winchester, IL

4 Mar 1870, W.H. Eddy, Chicago, IL

9 Mar 1870, Lewis Ashmead, Philadelphia, PA

9 Apr 1870, John M. Snyder, Springfield, IL

9 Apr 1870, John L. Rout, Springfield, IL

16 Apr 1870, J. Stan Smith, Princeton, IL

18 Apr 1870, Joshua Rhodes, Jacksonville, IL

18 May 1870, J.B. Waite, Chicago, IL

27 May 1870, John Tilson, Quincy, IL

29 May 1870, Barton Able, St. Louis, MO

Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1870 June - DecemberAdd to your cart.

14 June 1870, A.S. Miller, Rockford, IL

25 June 1870, James Conet, Rock Island, IL

11 Aug 1870, A. Chester, Washington, D.C.

13 Aug 1870, Patrick H. Hale, Hamilton, NV

29 Aug 1870, M.V.B. Glasgow, Jacksonville, IL

23 Sept 1870, Smith D. Atkins, Chicago, IL

5 Oct 1870, M.V.B. Glasgow, Jacksonville, IL

14 Oct 1870, W.R. Holliday, Indianapolis, IN

17 Oct 1870, M.V.B. Glasgow, Jacksonville, IL

29 Oct 1870, M.P. Ayers, Jacksonville, IL

12 Nov 1870, J.R. Blackwell, Litchfield, IL

1 Dec 1870, B.F. Stephenson, Springfield, IL

5 Dec 1870, William Thomas, Jacksonville, IL

5 Dec 1870, A.M. McFarland, Jacksonville, IL

23 Dec 1870, William Thomas, Jacksonville, IL

Folder 2: Correspondence, 1871 January - 1873 AprilAdd to your cart.

2 Jan 1871, James E. Calloway, Tuscola, IL

16 Jan 1871, James Fishback, Jacksonville, IL

23 Apr 1871, S. [Felleut], Philadelphia, PA

1 May 1871, J.D. Kirkpatrick, Danville, IL

20 June 1871, C.M. Brelsford, Chicago, IL

29 July 1871, F. Larmiento, Philadelphia, PA

12 Aug 1871, Oliver P. Morton, Indianapolis, IN

17 Aug 1871, L. Priest, Decatur, IL

29 Sept 1871, M.P. Ayers, Jacksonville, IL

3 Jan 1872, Samuel [Bank], Chattanooga, TN

26 Apr 1872, Levi North, Kewanee

26 Apr 1872, Sam Bard, [__]

28 Apr 1872, D.L. Linegar, Cairo, IL

28 Apr 1872, R. Cassell, Eureka, IL

13 May 1872, R.D. Soleman, Centralia, IL

16 May 1872, R. McLain, Washington, D.C.

16 May 1872, A.J. Briscoe, Joliet, IL

2 July 1872, Richard Yates Jr., Jacksonville, IL

1 Jan 1873, Thomas H. Cavanaugh, Salina, KS

20 Jan 1873, D.P. Jenkins, Georgetown, CO

27 Jan 1873, Frank B. Herckstep, Winchester, IL

28 Feb 1873, J.R. Blackwell, Litchfield, IL

7 Apr 1873, W.H. Stowe Jr., Chicago, IL

Folder 3: Correspondence and Fragments, undatedAdd to your cart.

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