"(January 18, 1815 -- November 1873) Richard Yates was a lawyer, governor, and American politician. He was born in Warsaw, Gallatin County, Kentucky and moved to Illinois in 1831. Yates studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1837. He was a member of the State house of representatives (1842-1845, 1848-1849). He was the governor of Illinois from 1861 to 1865 and was appointed as a United States Commissioner ,by President Ulysses Grant, to inspect a land subsidy railroad. Yates was elected as a Whig to the 32nd and 33rd Congresses (March 4, 1851 - March 3, 1855), and did not get reelected in 1854. He was not a successful candidate for election to the United States senate in 1863. He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate (March 4, 1865 - March 3, 1871) and served on the Committee on Revolutionary Claims (39th and 41st Congresses) and committee on territories (40th congress). He was not a candidate for reelection. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress', available at https://bioguideretro.congress.gov/Home/MemberDetails?memIndex=Y000012]"
Illinois Delegation - United States Fifteenth Amendment
Illinois Delegation - United States Fourteenth Amendment & The Civil Rights Act of 1866