George Evans (American politician)

George Evans
United States Senator
from Maine
In office
March 4, 1841  March 3, 1847
Preceded by John Ruggles
Succeeded by James W. Bradbury
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th district
In office
July 20, 1829  March 3, 1841
Preceded by Peleg Sprague (Maine politician)
Succeeded by David Bronson
Member of the Maine State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Born January 12, 1797
Hallowell, Maine
Died April 6, 1867(1867-04-06) (aged 70)
Portland, Maine
Resting place Oak Grove Cemetery, Gardiner, Maine
Political party National Republican
Alma mater Bowdoin College

George Evans (January 12, 1797  April 6, 1867) was an American politician from the state of Maine. He was a member of the United States Whig Party.


Evans was born in Hallowell, Maine where he grew up. He graduated from Bowdoin College where he had been a prominent member of the Peucinian Society. He moved to Gardiner, Maine and practiced law there. He was eventually elected to the Maine State Assembly and served as its speaker in 1829. In 1829, he was elected to a seat in the United States House of Representatives from Maine in a special election called after Peleg Sprague resigned to take a seat in the United States Senate. Evans served in the House from 1829 to 1841. He served as chairman of the committee on expenditures of the department of the treasury from 1829 to 1831.

In 1841, Evans resigned from the House to take a seat in the United States Senate from Maine. He served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Manufactures from 1841 to 1843, chairman of the Committee on Finance from 1841 to 1845 and chairman of the committee on territories from 1845 to 1847. Evans served in the Senate until 1847 when he was defeated in an attempt to be reelected to a second term.

Evans then practiced law in Portland, Maine and continued to be involved in politics. He served as chairman of a commission to ascertain claims against Mexico from 1849 to 1850, and served as attorney general of Maine during the 1850s. He died in Portland, Maine and is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Gardiner, Maine.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Henry Tallman
Maine Attorney General
Succeeded by
John S. Abbott
Preceded by
John S. Abbott
Maine Attorney General
Succeeded by
Nathan D. Appleton
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Peleg Sprague
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th congressional district

July 20, 1829 – March 3, 1841 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
David Bronson
United States Senate
Preceded by
John Ruggles
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Maine
Served alongside: Reuel Williams, John Fairfield
Succeeded by
James W. Bradbury
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry Clay
Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance
Succeeded by
Levi Woodbury
New Hampshire
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