Jesse Johnson Yeates

Jesse Johnson Yeates (* May 29, 1829 in Murfreesboro, Hertford County, North Carolina, † September 5, 1892 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1875 and 1879, and in 1881 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Jesse Yeates first attended private schools and then Emory and Henry College in Emory ( Virginia). After a subsequent law degree in 1855 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began in Murfreesboro to work in this profession. Between 1855 and 1860 he was a prosecutor in the local Hertford County. Thereafter, he served from 1860 to 1866 as a prosecutor in the first judicial district of his state. This activity, however, was interrupted by a participation in the Civil War.

At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. From 1860 to 1862 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from North Carolina. During the Civil War he served first as a captain and later as a major in an infantry unit from North Carolina who was part of the Army of the Confederacy. During the tenure of Governor Jonathan Worth (1865-1868) was a member of its advisory board Yeates. In 1871 he was a delegate to the regional Democratic National Party in North Carolina. In the same year he was also a member of a commission to revise the State Constitution.

In the congressional elections of 1874 Yeates was elected in the first district of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Clinton L. Cobb on March 4, 1875. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1879 two legislative sessions. In the elections of 1878 he was defeated by Republican John Joseph Martin. Against the outcome of this election, however, put Yeates a contradiction. In the meantime, Martin appeared on March 4, 1879, its new mandate. The Congress decided only on 29 January 1881 Yeates ' favor, the order until March 3 of the same year was only able to officiate a few weeks as an MP.

1880 had Jesse Yeates no longer a candidate for Congress. In the following years he practiced in the federal capital, Washington as a lawyer. There he is on September 5, 1892 and passed away. He was with Virginia Scott (1832-1888) married, with whom he had a son.