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John Barentse YATES

(1784-1836)

YATES, John Barentse, a Representative from New York; born in Schenectady, N.Y., February 1, 1784; completed preparatory studies and was graduated from Union College at Schenectady in 1802; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1805 and commenced practice in Schenectady; served in the War of 1812 under Gen. Wade Hampton on the northern frontier and was subsequently appointed aide-de-camp to Gov. Daniel D. Tompkins; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Fourteenth Congress); did not seek renomination in 1816; aided in the construction of the Welland Canal; founded the Yates Polytechnic Institute in 1825; moved to Chittenango in 1816; judge of Madison County in 1835 and 1836; elected a member of the State assembly in 1836 and served until his death in Chittenango, N.Y., July 10, 1836; interment in Walnut Grove Cemetery, near Chittenango, N.Y.

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

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