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Richard Yates papers


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Biographical Note

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Tonica and Petersburg Railroad Materials


Personal Documents, Printed Material

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

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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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Gerrit Smith to Mr. Garrison.  Let Us Deal

Impartially with the Sinning South and the Sinning North!  Peterboro, 20 Mar 1867.

Illinois State Register, Springfield, 16 Feb 1863.  [newspaper clipping]

Editorials reporting the death of Richard Yates, c.a. 1873

The Inland Monthly.  Vol. V.  St. Louis, Jan 1874.

Richard Yates, War Governor of Illinois.  By his son, Richard Yates, Congressman-at-large, Illinois.  Address at the dedication of the Statue of Richard Yates on the Illinois State Capitol Grounds, Springifled, 16 Oct 1923.

"Lincoln."  Speech of Hon. Richard Yates Jr. of Illinois in the House of Representatives,

12 Feb 1921.

Untitled editorial, written by Richard Yates,

Constitutionist, Jacksonville, 27 July 1853.

Clipping from the Daily State Journal, 23 June 1862.

Morgan Journal, Vol. IV., Jacksonville,

17 July 1847.

Fraud's in Railraod Management.  Lake Shore & Michigan southern RR.  Rufus Hatch's Circular, No. 2.

Clipping from the Illinois State Register,

Springfield,18 Sept 1862.

Proclamation by his excellency, Richard Yates, Governor of Illinois, Springfield, IL,

5 Feb 1864.

Proclamations by his excellency, Richard Yates, Governor of Illinois, Washington,

25 April1864.

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