The Civil War Governor
Richard Yates moved from Kentucky to Jacksonville in 1831. Four years later he became the first graduate of Illinois College. Abraham Lincoln and Yates admired Henry Clay and actively supported the Whig Party. Both strongly opposed Stephen A. Douglas and his Kansas-Nebraska Act. Yates claimed that Lincoln's speech against this act was "the strongest speech I ever heard on the subject." Yates served in the Illinois House and the U.S. House of Representatives but is best known as the Radical Republican Governor of Illinois during the Civil War.
Called the "Soldier's Friend," he ensured Illinois soldiers were well equipped. The opposition party complained the uniforms supplied to Illinois soldiers were more expensive than the uniforms the U.S. government supplied to its troops. Yates made trips to visit and encourage Illinois troops, including traveling twice by steamboat to give support to the sick and wounded at Pittsburg Landing. After the Civil War, Yates became a member of the U.S. Senate. He was among the last persons with whom Mr. Lincoln visited on the day before his death.
Both Abraham Lincoln and Richard Yates ran for major offices on the Republican ticket in 1860, Lincoln for President and Yates for Governor. Yates received 1,000 more votes in Illinois than Lincoln. the popularity
Governor Yates supported Abraham Lincoln's war policies. Yates decided on his own to send the Illinois militia down to St. Louis to take possession of the arsenal for the Union Army. Peace Democrats in the Illinois legislature strongly disagreed with the Governor's independent action. These Democrats, who controlled the Illinois House of Representatives also refused to support the Governor's attempts to raise troops for the Union Army. Tired of facing constant opposition, Yates took action that no Illinois Governor had taken since: he prorogued the legislature. Although the House Democrats stayed on for two weeks, they could do nothing because Yates had suspended the General Assembly.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Looking for Lincoln marker series.
Location. 39° 44.055′ N, 90° 13.353′ W. Marker is in Jacksonville, Illinois, in Morgan County. Marker is on E. State Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Between N. Clay Ave. & Brown Street. Marker is in this post office area: Jacksonville IL 62650, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile
Also see . . . Richard Yates - Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. (Submitted on July 19, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. • Politics • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2012, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.