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William M. Evarts

William M. EvartsAKA William Maxwell Evarts

Born: 6-Feb-1818
Birthplace: Boston, MA
Died: 28-Feb-1901
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Ascutney Cemetery, Windsor, VT

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Secretary of State, 1877-81

The American lawyer William M. Evarts was born in Boston on the 6th of February 1818. He graduated at Yale in 1837, was admitted to the bar in New York in 1841, and soon took high rank in his profession. In 1860 he was chairman of the New York delegation to the Republican National Convention. In 1861 he was an unsuccessful candidate for United States Senator from New York. He was chief counsel for President Andrew Johnson during the impeachment trial, and from July 1868 until March 1869 he was Attorney General of the United States. In 1872 he was counsel for the United States in the "Alabama" arbitration. During President Rutherford B. Hayes's administration (1877-81) he was Secretary of State; and from 1885 to 1891 he was US Senator from New York. As an orator Senator Evarts stood in the foremost rank, and some of his best speeches were published. He died in New York on the 28th of February 1901.


[1] Whig, then Republican.

Father: Jeremiah Evarts
Mother: Mehitabel Prescott Sherman
Wife: Helen Minerva Wardner (m. 30-Aug-1843, seven sons, five daughters)
Son: Charles Butler Evarts (b. 1845)
Son: Roger Sherman Evarts (b. 1847)
Son: Allen Wardner Evarts (b. 1848)
Son: William Evarts (b. 1851)
Daughter: Hattie Sherman Evarts (b. 1852)
Daughter: Mary Evarts (b. 1854)
Daughter: Helen Minerva Evarts (b. 1856)
Daughter: Elizabeth Hoar Evarts (b. 1858)
Son: Prescott Evarts (b. 1859)
Son: Sherman Evarts (b. 1859)
Daughter: Louisa Wardner Evarts (b. 1861)
Son: Maxwell Evarts (b. 1862)

    High School: Boston Latin School
    University: Yale University (1837)
    Law School: Harvard Law School

    US Senator, New York (1885-91)
    US Secretary of State (1877-81, under Rutherford B. Hayes)
    US Attorney General (1868-69)


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