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Robert J. Evans
Full Name: Robert J. Evans
Date of birth: 1853
Date of death: September 27, 1921

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 29 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (1) (2) (3)   Republican Navasota / Grimes   Grimes
H 29 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (4) (5) (6)   Republican Navasota / Grimes   Grimes
(1) Included on roster of members of the 17th Legislature as a Republican, p. 2, 11/17/1880. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Included on roster of members of the 17th Legislature as a Republican, p. 5. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas . . ., 1881.
(3) Involvement in Greenback/Republican politics, pp. 129-131. "Robert J. Evans and R.A. Kerr ran on Republican ticket for reelection (in 1882) in a losing cause." Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
(4) Included on roster of members of the 16th Legislature as a Republican, p. 1, 1/14/1879. Galveston Daily News.
(5) Elected to the 16th legislature as a Republican; won reelection in 1880 as a Greenbacker. Handbook of Texas Online.
(6) Included on roster of members of the 16th Legislature as a republican, p. 231. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 79th Legislature, R.S., HR 589, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates of 1868-1900. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 81st Legislature, R.S., HCR 81, paying tribute to African American legislators and constitutional convention delegates. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • 85th Legislature, R.S., HR452, celebrating Black History Month and honoring the leadership and vision of African American lawmakers. Resolutions - Congratulatory and Honorary.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • Biographical sketch. Forever Free: Nineteenth Century African-American Legislators and Constitutional Convention Delegates of Texas, 2002.
  • EVANS, R.J. (1853-1921) . Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, Chapter VI, "Black Belt Politics," pp. 107-108. Born 1854. The Negro in Texas, 1874-1900, 1971.
  • Biography, Robert J. Evans, p. 260. Born in 1854. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, born 1853 in Louisiana, pp. 59-60. Birth year 1854, death year 1921, Appendix D. Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898, 2016.
  • Other Resources
  • Listed in Early History of Grimes County by E.L. Blair 1930, pp. 205-209, "Men who have represented Grimes County in the House of Representatives/State Senate, 1846-1931." Includes years of service, Legislatures, District, and Source of Data. HeritageQuest Online.
  • Biographical information. Political Graveyard: a Database of Historic Cemeteries.
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 17th session composite photo of House members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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    17th R.S. - 1881
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    16th R.S. - 1879
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