Hon. Archelaus N. Yancey
- Bunker Hill -
From: The United States Biographical Dictionary - Portrait Gallery - Eminent and Self-Made Men - Illinois volume. 1883
ARCHELAUS NEWTON ANCEY, one of the representatives from Macoupin county and a prominent lawyer in that county is a son of James E. and Mary E (Waller) Yancey, and dates his birth in Montpelier, Orange county, Virginia, March 24, 1844. His grandfather, Charles Yancey, was, a somewhat prominent, citizen, of the Old Dominion, being at one period grand master of the Freemasons of that state. The father of Charles Yancey was a captain in the army,
during the struggle for independence. The Yanceys and Wallers are old Virginia families.
When Archelaus was thirteen years old the family moved to Oldham County, Kentucky. He received an academic, education at Hilton, Virginia; spent two years in Dartmouth College,
Hanover, New Hampshire, read law in Louisville, Kentucky; was graduated at the law department of Michigan University, Ann Arbor, in 1867, and has been practicing at Bunker Hill since that date, making a splendid record in all the courts in which he has had cases. Mr Yancey is a fine advocate; being a clear, candid and forcible reasoner, and having great influence with a jury. A gentleman who has often met him in the appellate court states that he had a number of cases there, that he presents them with a great deal of force, and is regarded by that court as a strong
man. Mr Yancey is a strictly honest and honorable man, very tenacious of his clients' interest, and his practice is increasing, and he is growing in popularity in Macoupin county.
He was at one period city attorney of Bunker Hill, has been attorney for some years of the Indianapolis and Saint Louis railroad, and in 1880 was elected to the lower house of the general assembly. He served his constituents so faithfully, and well that they sent him back in 1882, and
he is now serving the second term in that body, being on the committees, on judiciary, railroad public charities and fees and salaries.
Mr. Yancey has always affiliated with the democratic party and never fails to take a leading part in a political canvass, being a powerful stumper. In 1882 he was the unanimous choice of the Macoupin county delegation for congressional nominee. He is a Master Mason and a vestryman of the Episcopal Church.
November 1 1867 Mr. Yancey was joined in marriage with Miss Belle Bryan of Oldham County, Kentucky and they have three children living and have buried three.