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George Lewis YAPLE

(1851-1939)

YAPLE, George Lewis, a Representative from Michigan; born in Leonidas, St. Joseph County, Mich., on February 20, 1851; moved with his parents to Mendon, Mich., in 1857; attended the common schools and Albion (Mich.) College; was graduated from the Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., in 1871 and completed a postgraduate course in 1874; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1872, but was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1877, when he commenced the practice of law at Mendon, Mich.; unsuccessful Greenback candidate for election in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for election as Governor in 1886; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1888; resumed the practice of law in Mendon, Mich.; circuit judge of the fifteenth circuit of Michigan 1894-1911; became a member of the Republican Party in 1916; retired from active pursuits and resided in Mendon, Mich., until his death December 16, 1939; interment in Mendon Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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