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George Evans (American politician)

George Evans (January 12, 1797 – April 6, 1867) was an American politician from the state of Maine. He was a member of the United States Whig Party.

George Evans
Senator George Evans of Maine.jpg
United States Senator
from Maine
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1847
Preceded byJohn Ruggles
Succeeded byJames W. Bradbury
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th district
In office
July 20, 1829 – March 3, 1841
Preceded byPeleg Sprague
Succeeded byDavid Bronson
Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byJohn Ruggles
Succeeded byDaniel Goodenow
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornJanuary 12, 1797
Hallowell, Maine
DiedApril 6, 1867(1867-04-06) (aged 70)
Portland, Maine
Resting placeOak Grove Cemetery, Gardiner, Maine
Political partyNational Republican
Alma materBowdoin College


Evans was born in Hallowell, Maine where he grew up. He graduated from Bowdoin College where he had been a prominent member of the Peucinian Society. He studied law with Frederic Allen of Gardiner, and settled there to practice.

He was elected to the Maine House of Representatives and served from 1826 to 1830; from 1829 to 1830 he was the Speaker of the House.

In 1829, he was elected to a seat in the United States House of Representatives in a special election called after Peleg Sprague resigned to take a seat in the United States Senate. Evans served in the House from 1829 to 1841. He served as chairman of the committee on expenditures of the department of the treasury from 1829 to 1831.

In 1841, Evans resigned from the House to take a seat in the United States Senate. He served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Manufactures from 1841 to 1843, chairman of the Committee on Finance from 1841 to 1845 and chairman of the Committee on Territories from 1845 to 1847. Evans served in the Senate until 1847 when he was defeated in an attempt to be reelected to a second term.

Evans then practiced law in Portland, Maine and continued to be involved in politics. From 1849 to 1850, he served as chairman of the commission that determined and settled the financial claims of U.S. citizens against Mexico; the United States had assumed these claims under the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo following the Mexican–American War. He also served as Maine Attorney General during the 1850s.

He died in Portland, Maine and is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Gardiner, Maine.


External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "George Evans (id: E000241)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • George Evans at Find a Grave
Legal offices
Preceded by
Henry Tallman
Maine Attorney General
Succeeded by
John S. Abbott
Preceded by
John S. Abbott
Maine Attorney General
Succeeded by
Nathan D. Appleton
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Peleg Sprague
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th congressional district

July 20, 1829 – March 3, 1841 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
David Bronson
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John Ruggles
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Maine
Served alongside: Reuel Williams, John Fairfield
Succeeded by
James W. Bradbury
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Clay
Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
Succeeded by
Levi Woodbury
New Hampshire