Joseph Christopher Yates (1768 - 1837)

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Birthplace: Schenectady, Schenectady, NY, USA
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About Joseph Christopher Yates

Joseph Christopher Yates was an American lawyer, politician. statesman, and founding trustee of Union College.

History

Born in Schenectady, New York, Yates catapulted himself up the ranks of his day, becoming successively the mayor of Schenectady (1798), state senator (1805), state Supreme Court justice (1808), and the seventh governor of New York (1823–1824).

The home he inhabited in Schenectady while the state's chief executive still exists on Front Street in the city's Stockade District.

As Governor, Yates sat for a portrait by John Vanderlyn, famed for his rendition of such eminent historical figures as George Washington, Aaron Burr, James Monroe, George Clinton, Andrew Jackson and Zachary Taylor. The painting is owned by the City of New York.

Family

Joseph was born to Christopher "Colonel Stoeffel" Yates and his wife Jannetje Bradt in the autumn of 1768.

In the course of his days he took three wives: the first was for love: Ann, widow of James Ellice; the second was for money, Maria, daughter of John Kane; the last was for clout, as he required it to further his ambitious political career, Elizabeth De Lancey, a daughter of John De Lancey, of Westchester County, New York.

Yates had three children, all daughters: Helen Maria, the oldest, was born on September 28, 1797. She was married to Colonel John K. Paige and died January 25, 1829. Anna Alida was born September 14, 1806, married to John D. Watkins, a resident of Georgia. Jane Jesepha was born November 6, 1811, married to Samuel Neil of New York.

Death

Joseph C. Yates died on March 19, 1837 at the age of 69. He was initially buried in a family cemetery in Schenectady County, New York. In 1889, his daughter Jane reinterred the remains of Joseph Yates and those of several other family members to the Neil family mausoleum in the churchyard of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Bronx County, New York. At present, there are no markers on the Neil family mausoleum to indicate that Gov. Yates is buried there.

In recognition of his contributions to public life in his native state Yates County, New York and the Town of Yates are named after Governor Yates.

More information

More information on the Yates family can be found at the Schenectady County Historical Society.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Yates

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Joseph C. Yates's Timeline

1768
November 9, 1768
Schenectady, Schenectady, NY, USA
1791
September 30, 1791
Age 22
1796
1796
Age 27
1797
September 28, 1797
Age 28
1800
1800
Age 31
1806
September 14, 1806
Age 37
1811
November 6, 1811
Age 42
New York, New York, New York, United States
1837
March 19, 1837
Age 68
Schenectady, Schenectady, NY, USA