Early life[edit | edit source]
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 | edit source]
Early career[edit | edit source]
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 May 21, 1883, and served until April 20, 1885, when he returned to Louisville and resumed the practice of law.
Congressional career[edit | edit source]
Judgeship[edit | edit source]
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.