Robert Yates was an American politician and judge best known for his Anti-Federalist stances. He is also known as the presumed author of political essays published in 1787 and 1788 under the pseudonyms “Brutus” and “Sydney”. The essays opposed the introduction of the Constitution of the United States.
|Born:||January 27, 1738, Schenectady, Province of New York, British America|
|Died:||September 09, 1801, Albany, New York, United States|
|Relations:||Abraham Yates Jr. (uncle), Peter Waldron Yates (cousin)|
|Children:||6, including John|
|Parents:||Joseph Yates, Maria Dunbar Yates|
|Preceded by:||Richard Morris|
About Robert Yates
Remembered for his Anti-Federalist views, this eighteenth-century American politician wrote a series of pseudonymously-published essays that decried the United States Constitution. Also a lawyer and judge, he served on the New York Supreme Court beginning in late 1777.
After studying surveying for a time, he pursued a career in law, supplementing his early legal income by creating maps.
In 1790, he became Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court of New York.
Following their 1765 wedding, he and his wife Jannette Van Ness welcomed six children.
Early in his career, he was a law clerk for future New Jersey governor and United States Constitution signer William Livingston.
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