Richard Yates – The Civil War Governor

Richard Yates, the first graduate of Illinois College, shared strong views with Abraham Lincoln; they both supported the Whig Party and strongly opposed Stephen A. Douglas. Yates was the Radical Republican Governor of Illinois during the Civil War. He made trips to visit and encourage troops by supporting the sick and wounded. This is why he became known as the “Soldier’s Friend.” As the war was ending, Yates became a member of the U.S. Senate.

Visitor Information


Approximately 450 East State Street, across from the Our Saviors School. The Looking for Lincoln interpretive sign is near the playground, in front of the old hospital building.