Richard Yates Rowe
|54th Treasurer of Illinois|
January 13, 1947 –January 10, 1949
|Governor||Dwight H. Green|
|Preceded by||Conrad F. Becker|
|Succeeded by||Ora Smith|
|27th Secretary of State of Illinois|
June 8,1944 –January 1945
|Governor||Dwight H. Green|
|Preceded by||Edward J. Hughes|
|Succeeded by||Edward J. Barrett|
|Died||March 19,1973 84) (aged|
Richard Yates Rowe (December 12,1888 – March 19,1973) was an American politician and businessman.
Born in Jacksonville,Illinois,Rowe served in the United States Navy during World War I. He received his bachelor's degree from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He worked in the insurance and newspaper businesses. Rowe was a Republican. In 1944,Rowe was appointed Illinois Secretary of State to fill a vacancy and then in 1946 was elected Illinois State Treasurer. His son was Harris Rowe who served in the Illinois House of Representatives. Rowe died in Jacksonville,Illinois on March 19,1973.
Richard Yates was the Governor of Illinois during the American Civil War and has been considered one of the most effective war governors. He took energetic measures to secure Cairo and St. Louis against rebel attack. Nicknamed the "Soldiers' Friend", he helped organize the Illinois contingent of Union soldiers, including commissioning Ulysses S. Grant as a colonel for an Illinois regiment. He supported the Emancipation Proclamation. He also represented Illinois in the United States House of Representatives (1851–1855) and in the U.S. Senate (1865–1871). As a Senator, he voted and spoke in favor of removing President Andrew Johnson from office. He was a Whig and then a Republican.
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