William Evans Arthur

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William Evans Arthur
A white-haired man wearing a high-collared white shirt, black tie, and black jacket
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875
Preceded by Thomas Laurens Jones
Succeeded by Thomas Laurens Jones
Personal details
Born (1825-03-03)March 3, 1825
Cincinnati, Ohio
Died May 18, 1897(1897-05-18) (aged 72)
Covington, Kentucky
Resting place Linden Grove Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Addie Southgate
Etha Southgate
Relations Son-in-law of William Wright Southgate
Profession Lawyer
Signature William E. Arthur

William Evans Arthur (March 3, 1825 – May 18, 1897) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Early life and family[edit]

William E. Arthur was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 3, 1825.[1] He was the son of William and Eliza (Parsons) Arthur.[2] In 1832, the family moved to Covington, Kentucky.[2] Two years later, Arthur's father died.[2]

Arthur received his early education in private schools and from private tutors in Covington and Harford County, Maryland.[2] He then studied law under John W. Stevenson and James Turner Morehead.[2] He was admitted to the bar in 1850 and commenced practice in Covington.[1]

In 1855, Arthur married Addie Southgate, daughter of former Congressman William Wright Southgate.[2] His first wife died in 1858, and in December 1860, Arthur married her younger sister Etha Southgate.[2] The couple had two children – a son named Sidney and a daughter named May.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1856, Arthur was elected Commonwealth's Attorney for the ninth judicial district for a term of six years.[2] He served as presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of John C. Breckinridge and Joseph Lane in the 1860 presidential election.[1]

In 1866, Arthur was elected criminal judge of the ninth circuit served until 1868, when he resigned.[2] He was elected to represent the Sixth District in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1870.[2] During the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses (March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875), he served on the House Committees on Elections and Railways and Canals.[2] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1874.[1]

Later life and death[edit]

After the expiration of his congressional term, he resumed the practice of law in Covington.[1] In August 1886, he was elected judge of the twelfth judicial circuit of Kentucky and served until the expiration of his term on January 1, 1893.[2] He resumed his law practice until his death in Covington on May 18, 1897.[1] He was interred in Linden Grove Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Arthur, William Evans". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Biographical Cyclopedia, p. 24


Further reading[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas L. Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
Thomas L. Jones