1818 – Born in Warsaw, Kentucky on the 8th of January .
1835 – He graduated from Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.
1837 – He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Jacksonville.
1842-1845 – Yates served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives.
1850 – He was elected as a Whig to the United States House of Representatives where he was the youngest member of the Thirty-second Congress.
1860 – He was elected governor as a Republican.
1862 – He attended the Loyal War Governors’ Conference in Altoona, Pennsylvania, which ultimately gave Abraham Lincoln support for his Emancipation Proclamation.
1865 – Yates was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate.
1873 – Died on the 27th of November.