Archibald YELL, Congress, AR (1797-1847)


YELL, Archibald, a Representative from Arkansas; born in North Carolina in 1797; moved to Tennessee in his youth and settled in Bedford County; took part in the Creek campaign; participated in the War of 1812 and served under General Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans; studied law; was admitted to the bar of Tennessee and commenced practice in Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tenn., and continued until 1832; declined the governorship of the Territory of Florida; appointed judge of the Territory of Arkansas by President Jackson in 1832, with residence at Fayetteville, Ark., and served until 1835; upon the admission of Arkansas as a State into the Union was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress; reelected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress and served from August 1, 1836, to March 3, 1839; Governor of Arkansas 1840-1844; resigned in 1844; elected to the Twenty-ninth Congress and served from March 4, 1845, to July 1, 1846, when he resigned to take part in the Mexican War; served as colonel of the First Regiment, Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry, and was killed in the Battle of Buena Vista February 22, 1847; interment in Fayetteville Cemetery, Fayetteville, Ark.


Hughes, William W. Archibald Yell. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1988.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present