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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 2: Tonica and Petersburg Railroad MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1857 - 1859 OctoberAdd to your cart.

27 May 1857, Bennett and Scott

Contractors, [__]

4 Nov 1857, James Berdan, Jacksonville, IL

9 Dec 1858, A.L. Roache, Indianapolis, IN

2 Jan 1859, to: L.S. Mather, Jacksonville, IL

23 Jan 1859, A.L. Roache, Indianapolis, IN

17 June 1859, Frank J. Arenz, Arenzville

21 Sept 1859, Marsh and Green, New York

21 Sept 1859, Gilbert Attwood, Boston, MA

29 Sept 1859, Gilbert Attwood, Boston, MA

5 Oct 1859, Whitaker and Coudon,

Philadelphia, PA

10 Oct 1859, Whitaker and Coudon,

Philadelphia, PA

17 Oct 1859, Whitaker and Coudon,

Philadelphia, PA

21 Oct 1859, P.S. Cornelius, Tuscola, IL

21 Oct 1859, C.D. Hubbard and Co., Wheeling

27 Oct 1859, E.W. Stevens, Wheeling

28 Oct 1859, James C. Conkling, Springfield, IL

31 Oct 1859, C.D. Hubbard and Co., Wheeling

Folder 5: Correspondence, 1859 NovemberAdd to your cart.

1 Nov 1859, James Berdan, Jacksonville, IL

1 Nov 1859, Whitaker and Coudon, Philadelphia, PA

1 Nov 1859, James Berdan, Jacksonville, IL

4 Nov 1859, M.K. Joseph and Co., New York

5 Nov 1859, to: F.A. Whitaker, Jacksonville, IL

5 Nov 1859, to: Whitaker and Coudon,

Jacksonville, IL

9 Nov 1859, George Wilson, Concord

10 Nov 1859, F.A. Whitaker, Wheeling

10 Nov 1859, C.W. Hubbard and Co., Wheeling

10 Nov 1859, F.A. Whitaker, Wheeling

10 Nov 1859, Morris K. Jesup and Co.,

New York

11 Nov 1859, Morris K. Jesup and Co.,

New York

12 Nov 1859, Whitaker and Coudon, Philadelphia, PA

12 Nov 1859, to: Whitaker and Coudon,

Jacksonville, IL

13 Nov 1859, to: J.L. Marsh, Jacksonville, IL

14 Nov 1859, Whitaker and Coudon,

Philadelphia, PA

14 Nov 1859, E.W. Stephens, Wheeling

15 Nov 1859, Robert Irwin, Springfield, IL

16 Nov 1859, E.W. Stephens, Wheeling

16 Nov 1859, Whitaker and Coudon, [__]

17 Nov [1859], J.L. Marsh, New York

21 Nov 1859, Whitaker and Coudon,

Philadelphia, PA

22 Nov 1859, C.W. Hubbard and Co., Wheeling

24 Nov 1859, E.W. Stephens, Wheeling

25 Nov 1859, C.W. Hubbard and Co., [__]

25 Nov 1859, to: Whitaker and Coudon,

Jacksonville, IL

25 Nov 1859, to: F.A. Whitaker, Jacksonville, IL

25 Nov 1859, to: E.W. Stephens, Jacksonville, IL

26 Nov 1859, Whitaker and Coudon,

Philadelphia, PA

27 Nov 1859, W.G. Greene, [__]

30 Nov 1859, to: F.A. Whitaker, Jacksonville, IL

30 Nov 1859, Morris K. Jesup and Co.,

New York

Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, December 1859 - April 1862Add to your cart.

1 Dec 1859, C.W. Hubbard and Co., [__]

3 Dec 1859, W.G. Greene, [__]

3 Dec 1859, Whitaker and Coudon,

Philadelphia, PA

4 Dec 1859, John L. Marsh, New York

5 Dec 1859, John L. Marsh, New York

6 Dec 1859, to: F.A. Whitaker, Jacksonville, IL

13 Dec 1859, C.D. Hubbard, Wheeling

18 Dec 1859, W.G. Greene, [__]

21 Dec 1859, J.E. Williams, Cincinnati, OH

26 Dec 1859, to: Whitaker and Coudon,

Wheeling

26 Dec 1859, J.L. Eccles, Hillsboro

30 Dec 1859, to: Amos Tuck, Jacksonville, IL

10 Jan 1860, John L. Perry, Metamora, IL

20 Feb 1860, William Butler, [__]

28 Feb 1860, H.L. Haskell, Metamora, IL

13 Mar 1860, M.K. Jesup and Co., New York

4 Apr 1860, John L. Perry, Metamora, IL

7 Apr 1862, W.G. Greene, Jacksonville, IL

Folder 2: Business RecordsAdd to your cart.

1859 Annual Stockholders' Report,

Jacksonville, IL

1857 Engineer's Survey and Charter,

Jacksonville, IL

8 July 1857, Bylaws, Jacksonville, IL

Scrapbook of railroad newspaper clippings

Legal documents, meeting minutes, estimates


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