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Jacob YOST

(1853-1933)

YOST, Jacob, a Representative from Virginia; born in Staunton, Augusta County, Va., April 1, 1853; attended the public schools and Mossy Creek Academy; learned the printing trade and was associated in publishing the Valley Virginian; engaged in civil engineering; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress; elected mayor of Staunton in May 1886 and served until January 1887, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress; elected to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1898; engaged in the management and development of iron ore and coal lands; moved to Palo Alto, Calif., in 1925 and lived there in retirement until his death on January 25, 1933; interment in Thornrose Cemetery Staunton, Va.

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

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