Evans, Andrew Jackson (1832–1897)

By: Jennifer Eckel

Type: Biography

Published: June 6, 2008

Updated: December 13, 2017

Andrew Jackson Evans, Texas legislator and attorney, was born in Abbeville, South Carolina, in 1832, son of Samuel Robinson and Mary Ann (Cowan) Evans. Evans was admitted to the bar in 1852 in Mississippi. Evans moved to Texas before 1857 where he was elected from McLennan County to serve as a representative to the Seventh Texas State Legislature. Andrew Evans was a prominent litigator and tried cases before the Texas Supreme Court. He was also appointed a district judge.

During the Civil War Evans remained a committed Unionist, making several speeches in and around his home in Waco. Following the Union victory Evans served in the Texas Senate during the provisional Twelfth Texas Legislature which ratified the Fourteenth and Fifteenth amendments. He was ousted before the start of the regular session in a February 1870 election in favor of S. W. Ford. In 1872 Evans was nominated by President Ulysses S. Grant and served for many years as the United States district attorney for the Western District of Texas. By 1890 Evans was serving as the United States district attorney for the Austin District, perhaps nominated by Rutherford B. Hays.

A. J. Evans died August 28, 1897, in San Antonio and is buried in the First Street Cemetery in Waco, Texas.

H. L. Bentley and Thomas Pilgrim, The Texas Legal Directory for 1876–77 (Austin: Democratic Statesman Office, 1877); Frank H. Smyrl, "Unionism in Texas, 1856–1861," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 68 (October 1964).

  • Law, Law Enforcement, and Outlaws
  • Politics and Government
  • Judges
  • Seventh Legislature (1857-1858)
  • Twelfth Legislature (1870-1871)
  • House
  • Senate

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June 6, 2008
December 13, 2017