Thomas H. Eviston

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Thomas H. Eviston (died September 8, 1860) was an American politician and businessman.

Eviston was born to John W. Eviston, Sr. and his wife in north Ireland. He was the brother of John W. Eviston, Jr., Thomas Eviston, and Martin J. Eviston. The family first settled in Providence, Rhode Island before moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1842.

Eviston worked as a lumber dealer, and was the chief engineer of Milwaukee's volunteer fire department. In 1857 he was elected railroad commissioner for Milwaukee's Third Ward. In 1859, he was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Eviston and his wife died when the Lady Elgin shipwrecked in 1860.


  • James Smith Buck, Pioneer History of Milwaukee: 1854-1860 Milwaukee: Swain & Tate: 1886. p. 114.
  • Memoirs of Milwaukee County : from the earliest historical times down to the present, including a genealogical and biographical record of representative families in Milwaukee County. Madison, Wisconsin: Western Historical Association, 1909. OCLC 3347831. p. 164. Reprinted by La Crosse, Wisconsin: Brookhaven Press, 2000. ISBN 1-58103-125-4, ISBN 978-1-58103-125-6, ISBN 1-58103-126-2, ISBN 978-1-58103-126-3
  • "Fearful Disaster on Lake Michigan; The Steamer Lady Elgin Sunk by Collision with a Schooner." New York Times, September 1, 1860.

This article incorporates text from the 1909 edition of Memoirs of Milwaukee County, by Jerome Anthony Watrous which is in the public domain in the United States.