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YELL, Archibald, lawyer, born in Kentucky in 1797; died in Buena Vista, Mexico, 23 February, 1847. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, removed to the territory of Arkansas, settled at Fayetteville, and was appointed one of the United States territorial judges. He was elected to the 24th congress, reelected to the 25th, and served from 5 December, 1836, till 3 March, 1839. He was subsequently chosen governor of Arkansas, and held the office from 1840 till 1844. The following year he was again elected to congress, and he served from 1 December, 1845, till 1 July, 1846, when he resigned to join the army in Mexico. He was mustered into the service as colonel of the 1st Arkansas volunteer cavalry, and was killed by a Mexican hinter while leading his men at the battle of Buena Vista.
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