Born: 1826-XX-XX Tennessee
Yeatman was the son of Thomas Yeatman, a prominent Nashville, Tennessee, banker, foundry owner, and cotton trader, and stepson of John Bell, whom his mother married after the death of his father in 1833. He graduated from Yale College. In the 1840s, Yeatman moved to St. Louis, where he engaged in various businesses. He served during the Mexican War, seeing action at Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo. After the war, he returned to St. Louis and became an attorney. On May 25, 1847, Yeatman married Lucretia Pope, daughter of Nathaniel Pope. In 1849, Yeatman and partner J. B. Crockett purchased the newspaper
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