Walter Evans (American politician)

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Walter Evans
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
In office
July 1, 1901 – December 30, 1923
Nominated by William McKinley
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by Charles I. Dawson
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kentucky
In office
March 3, 1899 – June 30, 1901
Nominated by William McKinley
Preceded by John Watson Barr
Succeeded by District divided
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899
Preceded by Asher G. Caruth
Succeeded by Oscar Turner
14th Commissioner of Internal Revenue
In office
May 21, 1883 – March 19, 1885
President Chester A. Arthur
Preceded by John Jay Knox
Succeeded by Joseph S. Miller
Personal details
Born (1842-09-18)September 18, 1842
Barren County, Kentucky
Died December 30, 1923(1923-12-30) (aged 81)
Louisville, Kentucky
Resting place Cave Hill Cemetery
Political party Republican
Relations Nephew of Burwell Clark Ritter
Profession Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance Union
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1861 – 1863
Rank Second Lieutenant

Walter Evans (September 18, 1842 – December 30, 1923) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky, nephew of Burwell Clark Ritter.

Early life[edit]

Born near Glasgow, Kentucky, Evans attended the public schools near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He moved to Hopkinsville, Christian County, where he served as deputy county clerk in 1859. He was a captain in the Union Army 1861–1863. He served as deputy and later as chief clerk of the circuit court.

Political career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Evans read law and was admitted to the bar in 1864. He commenced practice in Hopkinsville, and served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1868, 1872, 1880, and 1884. Evans was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1871 and to the Kentucky Senate in 1873. He moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1874, where he continued the practice of law. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress. He was the Republican nominee for Governor of Kentucky in 1879, but lost to Luke P. Blackburn. He was appointed by President Chester A. Arthur as Commissioner of Internal Revenue on May 21, 1883, and served until April 20, 1885, when he returned to Louisville and resumed the practice of law.

Congressional career[edit]

Evans was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress.


Evans was nominated by President William McKinley on March 3, 1899, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Kentucky vacated by John W. Barr. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 3, 1899, and received commission the same day. Evans's service was terminated on July 1, 1901, due to reassignment to another court. On July 1, 1901 Evans was reassigned to the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. He served in this capacity until his death at his home in Louisville, Kentucky, December 30, 1923. He was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Asher G. Caruth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899
Succeeded by
Oscar Turner
Legal offices
Preceded by
Bland Ballard
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Kentucky
Succeeded by
seat abolished