Yaple was born in Leonidas, Michigan, and moved with his parents to Mendon, Michigan, in 1857, where he attended the common schools. He attended Albion College in Albion, Michigan, and graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, in 1871 and completed a postgraduate course in 1874. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1872, but engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1877, when he commenced the practice of law in Mendon.
He was an unsuccessful candidate of the Greenback Party for election in 1880 to the Forty-seventh Congress. In 1882, running as a Fusion candidate, Yaple defeated incumbent Republican Julius C. Burrows to represent Michigan's 4th congressional district in the Forty-eighth Congress, serving from March 4, 1883 until March 3, 1885. Although elected as a Fusion candidate, he sat with the Democrats in Congress.
He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress. In 1886, he ran as a Fusion candidate for election as Governor of Michigan, losing in the general election to Republican Cyrus G. Luce. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1888 and twice ran again for Congress, losing to Julius C. Burrows in 1890, and to Henry F. Thomas in 1892.
Yaple was elected circuit judge of the fifteenth circuit of Michigan, serving from 1894 until 1911. In 1916, he became a member of the Republican Party. After retiring, he resided until his death in Mendon, where he is interred in Mendon Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "George L. Yaple (id: Y000005)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Political Graveyard
- George L. Yaple at Find a Grave
- "s.v. Hon. George L. Yaple". Portrait and biographical album of St. Joseph county, Michigan. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Library. 2005 . pp. 518–520. Retrieved 2006-10-04.
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Julius C. Burrows
| United States Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Michigan
1883 – 1885
Julius C. Burrows