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John Barentse Yates (February 1, 1784 - July 10, 1836) was a U.S. Representative from New Yorkmarker.

Born in Schenectady, New Yorkmarker, Yates completed preparatory studies and was graduated from Union Collegemarker at Schenectady in 1802.He studied law.He was admitted to the bar in 1805 and commenced practice in Schenectady.He served in the War of 1812 under Gen. Wade Hampton on the northern frontier and was subsequently appointed aide-de-camp to Gov. Daniel D. Tompkins.

Yates was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fourteenth Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817).He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Fourteenth Congress).He did not seek renomination in 1816.Aided in the construction of the Welland Canal.Founded the Yates Polytechnic Institute in 1825.He moved to Chittenango in 1816.He served as judge of Madison County in 1835 and 1836.

Yates was elected a member of the State assembly in 1836 and served until his death in Chittenango, New Yorkmarker, July 10, 1836.He was interred in Walnut Grove Cemetery, near Chittenango, New Yorkmarker.

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