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Richard Yates Rowe (December 12, 1888 – March 19, 1973) was an American politician and businessman.

Richard Yates Rowe
54th Treasurer of Illinois
In office
January 13, 1947 – January 10, 1949
GovernorDwight H. Green
Preceded byConrad F. Becker
Succeeded byOra Smith
27th Secretary of State of Illinois
In office
June 8, 1944 – January 13, 1947
GovernorDwight H. Green
Preceded byEdward J. Hughes
Succeeded byEdward J. Barrett
Personal details
BornDecember 12, 1888
Jacksonville, IL, U.S.
DiedMarch 19, 1973(1973-03-19) (aged 84)
Jacksonville, IL, U.S.
Political partyRepublican


Born in Jacksonville, Illinois, Rowe served in the United States Navy during World War I. He received his bachelor's degree from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He worked in the insurance and newspaper businesses. Rowe was a Republican. In 1944, Rowe was appointed Illinois Secretary of State to fill a vacancy and then in 1946 was elected Illinois State Treasurer. His son was Harris Rowe who served in the Illinois House of Representatives. Rowe died in Jacksonville, Illinois on March 19, 1973.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ 'Illinois Blue Book 1947-1948,' Biographical Sketch of Richard Yates Rowe,' pg. 90
  2. ^ 'The Semi-Centennial Alumni Record of the University of Illinois (Urbana–Champaign Campus: 1918, Biographical Sketch of Richard Yates Rowe,' pg. 509
  3. ^ Southern Illinois (Carbondale, Illinois), 'Former State Official Richard Yates Rowe Dies,' March 20, 1973, pg. 8