George Helm Yeaman
George Helm Yeaman
|U.S. Ambassador to Denmark|
|Preceded by||Samuel J. Kirkwood|
|Succeeded by||Christopher Columbus Andrews|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Kentucky's 2nd district
December 1, 1862 – March 4, 1865
|Preceded by||James S. Jackson|
|Succeeded by||Burwell C. Ritter|
|Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives|
|Born||November 1, 1829|
Hardin County, Kentucky
|Died||February 23, 1908 (aged 78)|
Jersey City, New Jersey
Early life and education
Yeaman was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, the son of Lucretia Sneed (Helm) and Steven Minor Yeaman. Yeaman completed preparatory studies and studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1852 and commenced practice in Owensboro, Kentucky. He served as judge of Daviess County in 1854, and served as member of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1861.
Yeaman was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James S. Jackson. He was reelected to the Thirty-eighth Congress and served from December 1, 1862, to March 3, 1865. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress. He provided a critical vote for passing the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolishing slavery through the US House of Representatives.
Yeaman served as the United States Minister to Denmark from 1865 to 1870. He resigned in 1870 and settled in New York City. He then served as a lecturer on constitutional law at Columbia College. He served as president of the Medico-Legal Society of New York.
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- United States Congress. "George Helm Yeaman (id: Y000015)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
James S. Jackson
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 2nd congressional district
1862 – 1865
Burwell C. Ritter
Samuel J. Kirkwood
| United States Ambassador to Denmark
Christopher Columbus Andrews
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