John William Yeomans (1800-1863) served as Lafayette College’s second president from May 6, 1841 to September 19, 1844. While at Lafayette, Yeomans oversaw and directed the administrative functions of the college and taught courses in Moral and Mental Philosophy and Evidences of Christianity. Although Yeomans stayed at Lafayette only three and a half years, he maintained an affiliation with the college as a member of the Board of Trustees until 1852. Upon his departure from Lafayette, Yeomans was appointed pastor of the Mahoning Presbyterian Church in Danville, PA. He served this congregation until his death in 1863. The papers contain incoming and outgoing correspondence of Yeomans and provide insights into issues surrounding higher education and religion during the middle nineteenth century. Frequent correspondents include his sons, George, Edward, and Alfred.