Abraham Yates Jr.

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Abraham Yates
Abraham Yates
Abraham Yates
Born August 23, 1724 (1724-08-23)
Albany, New York
Died June 30, 1796 (1796-07-01) (aged 71)
Occupation American politician

Abraham Yates (August 23, 1724 – June 30, 1796) was an American lawyer and civil servant from Albany, New York.


He was baptised August 23, 1724 in Albany, New York, the son of Christoffel Yates and Catelyntje Winne.

Besides being a lawyer, Yates was also a shoemaker by trade.[1] He was the chairman of the Albany Committee of Correspondence from 1774 to 1776. Yates was also a member of the New York Provincial Congress from 1775 to 1777 and was its chairman in 1776 and 1777.

He was a delegate for New York to the Congress of the Confederation in 1787 and 1788 as well as a New York State Senator from 1777 to 1790, and a member of the Council of Appointment in 1777-78 and 1784.

Yates was a presidential elector in 1792, and cast his votes for George Washington and George Clinton.

He died June 30, 1796.


His son-in-law was State Treasurer Abraham G. Lansing, who was the brother of Chancellor John Lansing Jr. His nephew, Robert Yates, represented New York at the Philadelphia Convention in 1787, alongside John Lansing Jr. and Alexander Hamilton.


  1. Gordon S. Wood, Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), p. 17

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