William Yates (college president)

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William Yates, (December 10, 1720 – October 5, 1764) was a clergyman in the Church of England, educator, fifth president of William and Mary College[1] and is the namesake for Yates Hall on the College's campus

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William Yates[2] was born on December 10, 1720 in Gloucester County, Virginia.[3] He died on October 5, 1764 in Williamsburg, Virginia and is buried at the Abingdon Episcopal Church Cemetery in White Marsh, Virginia.[4] He was the fourth child and the second son of Rev. Bartholomew Yates,[3] a 1698 graduate of Brasenose College. He was the long term minister of Christ Church parish, Middlesex, Virginia and continued in that place until his death. He was appointed a visitor of William and Mary College in 1723, and Professor of Divinity in 1729. His mother was Sarah Stanard, the daughter of William Stanard of Middlesex County, Virginia.[5]

He educated at William and Mary College, at which he was elected usher of the grammar school on April 10, 1744. He was ordained by Edmund Gibson, Bishop of London on Apr. 1, 1745. He served as Anglican clergyman at the following parishes: James City Parish, James City, Virginia; Bruton Parish, Williamsburg, Virginia; and Abington Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia. He was also a member of Governor’s Council. He ascended to the presidency as the Board of Visitors attempted to wield greater influence over the College. President Yates largely complied with the wishes of the Visitors, and the College expanded the faculty during this time.[1][5]

He married Elizabeth A. Randolph, who was born in 1724 and died in 1783. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Graves and Edward Randolph. He was the son of William Randolph, a colonist and land owner who played an important role in the history and government of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He and his wife, Mary Isham, are referred to as the "Adam and Eve" of Virginia.

William and Elizabeth were the parents of three children:[5] Edmund Randolph Yates, who attended William and Mary College in 1762; served as a Lt. in Peter Muhlenberg's company 1779.; Elizabeth Yates who married Rev. William Bland, the son of Richard Bland; and William Yates, a 1764 graduate of the College of William and Mary and said to have served on General George Washington's staff and was a Colonel in the department of muster-master-general in the Revolutionary War, but not officially reported, however; was Justice, Amelia County, Virginia.

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  1. ^ a b William & Mary — 18th Century Presidents. Retrieved on April 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Roberts, Gary Boyd (2007). "Descendants of William Randolph and Henry Isham of Virginia". Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  3. ^ a b Stanard, p. 94
  4. ^ William Yates at Find A Grave
  5. ^ a b c Saunders, p. 371

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