Jacob Yost (Virginia congressman)

Jacob Yost ( born April 1, 1853 in Staunton, Virginia; † January 25, 1933 in Palo Alto, California ) was an American politician. Between 1887 and 1899 he represented two times the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Jacob Yost attended the common schools and the Mossy Creek Academy; after which he served an apprenticeship in the printing trade. As a result, he was involved in the publication of a newspaper. Later he worked in the construction industry. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. In 1884 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress yet. In the years 1886 and 1887 was Yost mayor of Staunton.

In the congressional elections of 1886, Yost was in the tenth electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Randolph Tucker on March 4, 1887. Since he has not been confirmed in 1888, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1889. In 1896 he was again elected to the House of Representatives, where he replaced Henry St. George Tucker on March 4, 1897, to March 3, 1899, to spend another term. In this time of the Spanish-American War was from 1898. In 1898 he opted not to run again.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Jacob Yost retired from politics. He worked in the iron and coal industries. Since 1925 he lived in Palo Alto, where he died on 25 January 1933. He was buried in his hometown of Staunton.