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Favorable or Unfavorable #277: William M Evarts


Favorable or Unfavorable #277: William M Evarts  

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William M Evarts (NY-R) is probably one of the most influential lawyer-politicians as you can see below. He was also Roger Sherman's grandson. Evarts began as a moderate Whig--so much so that he ignored the slavery issue and didn't like abolitionists, even though he didn't like slavery either. He was one of Thurlow Weed's proteges, along with William Seward and Millard Fillmore. As a Republican, he was a half-breed reformer. 

His actions:

Evarts, William M 1852 Gives speech supporting Daniel Webster for president
Evarts, William M 1860 Gives speech for Seward at GOP Conv
Evarts, William M 1861 Contested US Sen for NY election w/ Greeley; compromise choice is picked instead
Evarts, William M 1865 Lawyer prosecuting Jefferson Davis for treason
Evarts, William M 1868 Counsel for defense in Johnson impeachment case, likely key in saving Johnson
Evarts, William M 1868 Confirmed Att Gen for Johnson
Evarts, William M 1871 Role in Alabama Claims treaty negotiations
Evarts, William M 1876 Acts as counsel for Hayes during contested election results
Evarts, William M 1877 Confirmed Sec of State for Hayes, which causes some interparty friction
Evarts, William M 1891 Role in Judiciary Act of 1891 (Evarts Act), creating courts of appeal
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