Senator James D. Yeomans View All Years
JAMES D. YEOMANS was born in Bennington, Wyoming county, N. Y., April 21, 1845; he died in Washington, D. C., Oct. 31, 1906. He was educated in the public schools of New York. At the age of seventeen he was employed on the Erie railroad and for many years continued in the work of constructing railways. During the war the Government employed him in railroading in the South. In 1888 he removed to Onawa, Iowa, and engaged in stock-raising. He served as State senator in the 24th and 25th General Assemblies, but on April 2, 1894, before the expiration of his last term, President Cleveland appointed him a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission. He was re-appointed by President McKinley for a term of six years. While in Iowa Judge Yeomans was active commercially and organized the Sioux City Jobbers and Manufacturers’ Association, the purpose of which was to prevent discrimination by railroads against Iowa cities in the making of rates.