Evans, Alexander

Born: 1818-09-13 Elkton, Maryland

Died: 1888-12-05 Elkton, Maryland

Flourished: Elkton, Maryland

Alexander Evans was a Maryland attorney and member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Evans received his early education at public schools and an academy in Elkton. After his primary schooling, he worked as a civil engineer's assistant and read law. In 1845, he earned admittance to the bar and started a practice in his home town. In 1846, Evans won election as a Whig to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving from March 1847 to March 1853. After leaving Congress, he resumed his legal career, practicing until his death. His legal work brought him modest prosperity; in 1860, he owned real estate valued at $5,100 and had a personal estate of $5,000.

Biographical Directory of the American Congress 1774-1996 (Alexandria, VA: CQ Staff Directories, 1997), 1005; U.S. Census Office, Eighth Census of the United States (1860), District 3, Cecil County, MD, 96; Gravestone, Elkton Presbyterian Cemetery, Elkton, MD.