Jasper Yeates was born in Philadelphia, April 7, 1745. He studied at the College of Philadelphia and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1761 and immediately following a Masters of Arts. He was admitted to the bar in 1765 and became one of the most prominent lawyers with the largest practice in the interior of Pennsylvania. He married Sarah Burd (1748/49-1829), December 20, 1767 and they lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
During the Revolutionary War, Yeates supported the Patriot cause and was chairman of the Committee of Correspondence of Lancaster County in 1776. He wrote an account which was printed of his visit to the site of Braddock's defeat in Western Pennsylvania and was one of the delegates for Lancaster County to the Convention of Pennsylvania which ratified the Constitution of the United States in 1787. He was one of the three Committee persons who reported the form of ratification adopted by the convention. A justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1791-1817, he was appointed by President Washington as one of the commissioners to deliberate with the residents of the western counties in Pennsylvania in order to surpress the Whiskey Insurrection. He also published Reports of Cases in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 1791 to 1808 in four volumes.
Yeates died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 14, 1817 and the inscription on his epitaph reads, "He fulfilled the duties of life with fidelity. His integrity was inflexible. As a judge he was most learned and eminent, and in the exercise of his public functions he deservedly obtained the confidence of his fellowcitizens [sic], and he left behind him a name which will only perish with the judicial records of his country." For further information on Yeates' life see John W. Jordan, ed., Colonial Families of Philadelphia (Lewis Publishing Co., 1911), vol. I., pp. 402-403.
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