Abraham Yates, Jr. – Member of the New York Provincial Congress


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.

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 grandsons were Chancellor John Lansing, Jr. and State Treasurer Abraham G. Lansing. His nephew, Robert Yates, represented New York at the Philadelphia Convention in 1787, alongside John Lansing, Jr. and Alexander Hamilton.


Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Yates,_Jr.