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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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Address of the Hon. Richard Yates, Delivered at the Grand Ovation Tendered him by the Citizens of Jacksonville, in Approval of his Course in the 39th Congress, 15 Sept 1866.

Governor's Message, 23 Apr 1861. (2 copies)

The Great Problem - How it may be Successfully Solved.  Impartial Suffrage the Remedy for the Evils that Surround Us.  Justice to the Black Loyalists as well as Mercy to the White Traitors.  Speech of Senator Yates, of Illinois, in the Senate of the United States, 8 June 1866.

Home Reception to Governor Yates.  Enthusiastic Demonstration at Jacksonville,

17 Jan 1865.

The Homestead Bill.  Remarks of Mr. Yates, of Illinois, in the House of Representatives, 28 Feb 1854.

Impeachment of the President.  Opinion of Mr. Yates, of Illinois, in the Senate of the United States, undated.

Message of his Excellency, Richard Yates,

Governor of Illinois, to the General Assembly, 5 Jan 1863.

Message of his Excellency, Richard Yates,

Governor of Illinois, to the General Assembly, 2 Jan 1865.

Folder 4: Published Pamphlets and Off-Prints (2 of 2)Add to your cart.

The Only Salvation, Equality of Rights.  Speech of Hon. Richard Yates, of Illinois, in the Senate of the United States, 19 Feb 1866.

Rede des Achtb. Richard Yates, von Illinois, über den Verein-Vorschlag, Ludwig Kossuth zu bewillkommen.  Gehalten im Hause der Repräsentanten, am 31 Dec 1851.  [Translation: Speech of the Honorable Richard Yates, from Illinois, on the Society's Proposal to welcome Ludwig Kossuth.  Given in the House of Representatives, 31 Dec 1851.]

Representation in Congress.  Speech of Hon.

Richard Yates, of Illinois, delivered in the Senate of the United States, 11 June 1868.

Speeches of Richard Yates, on National

Sovereignty and State Rights, in the

Senate of the United States, 14th and 17th

Feb 1870.

Speech of Governor Yates, at the Great War

Meeting at Chicago, 1 Aug 1861.

Speech of Hon. Richard Yates, delivered at Elgin,

IL, 4 July 1865.

Speech of Hon. Richard Yates, Delivered at the Republican Ratification Meeting, of the Citizens of Sangamon County, in the Hall of the House of Representatives, 7 June 1860.

Speech of Hon. Richard Yates, Delivered in St. Louis, 1 Nov 1872.

Speech of Hon. Richard Yates, Delivered in the Wigwam, at the Springfield Jubilee,

20 Nov 1860.

Speech of Hon. Richard Yates, of Illinois, on the Land Policy of the United States, and in Defense of the West.  Delivered in the House of Representatives, 23 Apr 1852.

Speech of Hon. Richard Yates, of ILL, on the

State on Parties, the Condition of the

Union, and a Public Policy.  Delivered in

the house of Representatives, 28 Feb

1855.

Speech of Senator Yates at Springfield, Illinois, 22 Aug 1868.

State Military Affairs.  Report of Governor Yates, to the Convention, 23 Jan 1862.

War for the Union -- Our National Crisis-- The

Duty of the Hour.  Our Home Traitors--

Illinois and the War--The Retributions of History.  Gov. Yates'  Speech, Delivered at Bryan Hall, Chicago, 4 Nov 1864.

Pamphlet fragment.

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