YATES, Abraham, (uncle of Peter Waldron Yates),
a Delegate from New York; born in Albany, N.Y., August 23, 1724; completed
preparatory studies; sheriff of Albany County 1755-1759; deputy to the Provincial Convention in
1775; delegate to the Provincial Congress 1775-1777, and served as president pro tempore of that
body November 2, 1775, August 10, 1776, and as president August 28, 1776; member of the council
of appointment in 1777; member of the first and second councils of safety May 3, 1777, to January 7,
1778; served in the State senate 1778-1790; receiver of Albany in 1778 and 1779; first postmaster
of Albany in 1783; Member of the Continental Congress in 1787 and 1788; mayor of Albany
1790-1796; died in Albany, N.Y., June 30, 1796; interment in Albany Rural Cemetery.
BibliographyBielinski, Stefan. Abraham Yates, Jr., and the
New Political Order in Revolutionary New York. Albany: New York State American
Revolution Bicentennial Commission, 1975.