Evarts, William Maxwell, 1818-1901-....

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Birth 1818-02-06
Death 1901-02-28
English

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American lawyer and statesman.

From the description of Autograph endorsement signed : [n.p.], 1868 Nov. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270615412

From the description of Letter signed : "Department of State," Washington, to Charles Devens, 1877 Dec. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270615410

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to R.H. Bowne, 1860 Oct. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270615406

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to William Pitt Fessenden, 1864 Aug. 31. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270615416

U.S. Secretary of State, (1877-1881).

From the description of William M. Evarts letter, 1879 Jan. 27. (Historical Society of Washington, Dc). WorldCat record id: 664598089

American senator.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Langham Hotel, to Henry Yates Thompson, 1881 June 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870777

Lawyer, U.S. senator from New York, and U.S. secretary of state and attorney general.

From the description of William Maxwell Evarts papers, 1667-1918 (bulk 1877-1891). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980085

Graduated from Yale College in 1837; LL.B, Dane Law School of Harvard College. Member, New York bar, 1841. 1843 formed law firm in N.Y.C. with Charles E. Butler. 1849-53 Assistant district attorney for the southern district of N.Y. Defense counsel in the Impeachment trial of President Johnson in 1868. U.S. Attorney general, July 1868-March 1869. 1870-1880, President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York 1871-1872. Counsel for the U.S. in the Geneva arbitration proceedings on the Alabama claims 1877. Argued claims for Rutherford B. Hayes and the Republican party in the Hayes-Tilden presidential election dispute. U.S. Secretary of State (1877-1881). U.S. Senator, 1885-1891.

From the description of Papers, 1849-1887. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 754355949

Lawyer and statesman; represented New York in the U.S. Senate, 1885-1891.

From the description of Letter : Senate chamber, Washington, to Robert B. Adams [sic], Esq., Pres't. Buffalo Merchants' Exchange, Buffalo, N.Y., 1888 June 13. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 57182921

U.S. Secretary of State.

From the description of Papers, 1878-1882. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 41395628

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, D.C., to J.L. Derby, 1878 May 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870779

William Maxwell Evarts (1818-1901) was an American lawyer and statesman. He served as U.S. Attorney General (1868-1869) under President Johnson, as U.S. Secretary of State (1877-1881) under President Hayes, and as U.S. Senator from New York (1885-1891).

From the guide to the William Maxwell Evarts Collection, 1842-1893, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

William Maxwell Evarts: Senator from New York, Attorney General under President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State under President Rutherford B. Hayes.

Orville Hickman Browning: Republican Senator from Illinois. Friend of Lincoln. Appointed Secretary of Interior under President Andrew Johnson.

William Greenville Temple: Graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy. Naval Officer.

From the description of William Maxwell Evarts letters [manuscript], 1868-1880. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 191870951

Biographical Note

  • 1818, Feb. 6: Born, Boston, Mass.
  • 1833 - 1837 : Attended Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1836: Cofounder of Yale Literary Magazine
  • 1837: Read law, office of Horace Everett, Windsor, Vt.
  • 1841: Admitted to the bar in New York Began law practice
  • 1843: Married Helen Minerva Wardner
  • 1849 - 1853 : Assistant district attorney, Southern District of New York
  • 1860: Delegate to Republican national convention, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1863: Sent to England by United States to help prevent equipping of the Confederate navy by the British
  • 1868: Counsel for the defense, impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson
  • 1868 - 1869 : Attorney general
  • 1872: Represented the United States in Alabama claims case, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1877: Chief counsel for Republican Party, Hayes-Tilden presidential election dispute
  • 1877 - 1881 : Secretary of state
  • 1881: Delegate, International Monetary Conference, Paris, France
  • 1885 - 1891 : United States senator from New York
  • 1901, Feb. 28: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the William Maxwell Evarts Papers, 1667-1918, (bulk 1877-1891), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

William Maxwell Evarts

b. February 6, 1818 in Boston

Son of Jeremiah and Mehitabel (Sherman) Barnes Evarts; grandson of Roger Sherman

Graduated from Yale College in 1837, LL.B, Dane Law School of Harvard College

Admitted to the New York bar in 1841

1843 formed law firm in N.Y.C. with Charles E. Butler. Cases included: Monroe Edwards, forger; Savannah privateers; Prize cases during Civil War

1843, he married Helen Minerva Wardner; they had twelve children.

1849-1853 Evarts served as assistant district attorney for the southern district of N.Y.

1860 became chairman of the New York delegation to the Republican National Convention

Served as counsel for Johnson's defense in the Impeachment trial of President Johnson in 1868

Attorney general of the U.S. under President Johnson, July 1868-March 1869.

1870-1880, Evarts served as president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

1871-1872 one of the counsel for the U.S. in the Geneva arbitration proceedings on the Alabama claims

1877 argued claims before electoral commission for Rutherford B. Hayes and the Republican party in the Hayes-Tilden presidential election dispute

U.S. Secretary of state during the Hayes administration (1877-1881)

U.S. Senator, 1885-1891

d. 1901.

From the guide to the Papers, 1849-1887, (Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University)

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