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John Yule


Date Party Office Votes Result
09-04-1861 Republican AD-20 0 Win
09-03-1862 Union AD-20 0 Win
09-02-1863 Union SD-20 0 Win
09-05-1865 Union AD-20 0 Win
11-04-1884 Republican AD-04 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: May 16, 1833 in Grange Parish, Banffshire, Scotland
Married: Elizabeth McDowell (in 1859)
Missing: March 28 to April 4, 1888 near Mud Springs [now El Dorado] in El Dorado County, CA

1865-1866: Speaker, California State Assembly

  • In April 1888, a body thought to be Yule was found dead, stripped naked, with a bullet hole in the middle of his forehead. Local newspapers later announced that it had been determined that the body was not Yule. But Yule was never seen again, so... it probably was him. [Daily Alta California; April 21, 1888] 
  • Minerals: Yule was a brother of George Yule, a Colorado prospector for whom Yule Marble is named. Yule Marble (from Yule Creek in Gunnison County, CO) is what the Lincoln Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were constructed from. Yule Marble has been the state rock of Colorado since 2004.

Source: "John Yule's Mysterious Death", Daily Alta California, April 21, 1888
Source: "Still in Mystery: The Story of the Strange Disappearance of John Yule", Sacramento Daily Union, April 24, 1888
Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)