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Josiah James EVANS

(1786-1858)
Senate Years of Service:
1853-1858
Party:
Democrat

EVANS, Josiah James, a Senator from South Carolina; born in Marlboro District, S.C., November 27, 1786; graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1808; studied law; admitted to the bar and began practice in Marlboro District in 1811; member, State house of representatives 1812-1813; moved to Darlington District in 1816; member, State house of representatives; State solicitor for the northern district of South Carolina 1816-1829; judge of the circuit court 1829-1835; judge of the State supreme court 1829-1852; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1853, until his death in Washington, D.C., May 6, 1858; chairman, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (Thirty-third through Thirty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses); interment in a private cemetery at his ancestral home at Society Hill, Darlington County, S.C.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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