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John Yule (California politician)

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John Yule
16th Speaker of the California State Assembly
In office
December 1865–April 1866
Preceded byWilliam H. Sears
Succeeded byCaius T. Ryland
Member of the California State Assembly from the 4th district
In office
January 5, 1885 - January 3, 1887
Member of the California State Assembly from the 20th district
In office
1861 - 1886
Personal details
John Yule

May 16, 1833
Grange, Scotland, United Kingdom
Political partyRepublican
National Union
SpouseElizabeth McDowell (m. 1859)[1]
DisappearedMarch 28 - April 4, 1888 (age 54)
near El Dorado, California U.S.
StatusPresumed dead

John Yule was a Scottish-born American politician who served in the California State Assembly as a Republican from the 20th district between 1861 and 1886. Between 1865 and 1866, Yule served as Speaker of the Assembly. He was reelected to the Assembly from the 20th district in 1885. He was also affiliated with the National Union Party during the Civil War.[1]

In April 1888 a dead body, which was thought to be Yule's, was found near Mud Springs, California (now known as El Dorado). The body was stripped naked and had a bullet hole in its forehead. Local newspapers later reported that they had determined that the body did not belong to Yule. Yule's fate is still unknown.[1]

Yule Marble, which was used to construct the Lincoln Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, is named after John's brother George, a Colorado prospector.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Vassar, Alex; Myers, Shane. "John Yule". JoinCalifornia.com. JoinCalifornia. Retrieved January 21, 2023.
Preceded by Speaker of the California State Assembly
December 1865–April 1866
Succeeded by