Everts, Gustavus A. (1798–1884)

By: Melanie F. Healy

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: January 1, 1995

Gustavus A. Everts, attorney and judge, was born in Ohio in 1798. He moved to Fannin County, Texas, in 1844 and served as a member of the Convention of 1845. He was a corresponding secretary at the organizational meeting of the Democratic party of Texas on April 27, 1846. In 1850 he lived in Fannin County with his wife, Abigail, a native of New Hampshire. Judge John H. Reagan appointed him district attorney for Dallas County in 1855. By 1860 Everts had moved to a farm near Gainesville in Cooke County. As a Unionist who opposed secession, he felt threatened at the time of the Great Hanging at Gainesville in 1862 and fled the area; he spent the remaining years of the war in Navarro County. At the beginning of Reconstruction in August 1865, provisional governor Andrew J. Hamilton appointed Everts judge of the Thirteenth Judicial District, but he held that position only until February 1866, when he resigned and moved to Sherman, Grayson County. There he was appointed county judge by Gen. Joseph J. Reynolds in October 1868 and served until March 1870. After unsuccessfully seeking appointment by Governor Edmund J. Davis as a district judge in 1870, Everts held no other public offices. He died in January 1884.

Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Melanie F. Healy, “Everts, Gustavus A.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 26, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/everts-gustavus-a.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995