W.A. Evans

William Ashley Evans

Full Name: William Ashley Evans
Date of birth: March 30, 1830
Date of death: August 19, 1916

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 31 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 11, 1887 18th (2) (3)   19th (1)   Democrat Bonham / Fannin   Fannin, Lamar, Red River

(1) Democrat, p. 163. Burke's Texas Almanac and Immigrants' Handbook for 1885, 1885.
(2) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(3) 18th Legislature, Regular Session - All Senators except District 3 and 21 are listed in Roll Call as taking the oath of office, 1/9/1883, p. 2; resolution by Sen. Gooch that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/10/1883, pp. 5-6; drew term of 4 years. Senate Journal. January 10, 1883 January 9, 1883

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, Wm. A. Evans, pp. 77-78. Born 3/30/1830 in Wilson County, Tennessee. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Obituary, "Pioneer Citizen Passes Away: Judge W.A. Evans Dies Saturday Evening After a Long Illness," The Bonham News, p. 1. Born 3/31/1830 near Lebanon, Tennessee, died 8/19/1916 in Bonham.
    Tribute, Judge William Ashley Evans, "Father," by his son, editor Ashley Evans, The Bonham News, 8/25/1916, p. 2.
    "Resolutions of Respect" for Judge William Ashley Evans by Fannin County Bar Association, Senator and Judge, The Bonham News, 8/29/1916, p. 4, all crediting Bonham Public Library. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries). Obituary Resolutions of Respect Tribute
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 247-248. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.

Other Resources

  • William Ashley Evans, birth date 3/30/1830, death date 8/19/1916, burial in Willow Wild Cemetery, Bonham, Fannin County. Find a Grave.


  • Photograph. W.A. Evans, 19th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. W.A. Evans, 18th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

19th R.S. - 1885
Counties and County Boundaries  
Judiciary No. 2  
Lunatic Asylum, North Texas Insane Asylum at Terrell  
Public Debt (Chair) 
Public Lands  
Public Printing (Chair) 
Roads and Bridges  
State Affairs  
18th R.S. - 1883
County and County Boundaries  
Judiciary No. 2  
Public Lands  
Public Printing (Chair) 
Roads and Bridges  
State Affairs  

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