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Ira Hobart Evans

Ira Hobart Evans
Full Name: Ira Hobart Evans
Birth date: April 11, 1844
Death date: April 19, 1922

Terms of Service

(1) 12th Legislature, Regular Session - Resolution offered declaring the office of Speaker vacant, Speaker pro tem appointed, nominations for Speaker made, new Speaker elected, 5/10/1871, pp. 1474-1483. House Journal .
(2) 12th Legislature, Provisional Session - Evans qualified and took the oath of office on 2/9/1870. Election contest resolved in his favor on 2/15/1870, pp. 25-26. House Journal . February 9, 1870
February 15, 1870
(3) Evans was elected speaker in the 12th Legislature, Provisional Session, 2/10/1870, and elected speaker again in the 12th Legislature Regular Session, 1/10/1871. Evans continued in office until 5/10/1871, when a resolution declared the office vacant. Slaughter was appointed speaker pro tempore and Sinclair elected to succeed Evans the same day. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Selected Newspaper articles


Other Resources

  • Biographical sketch, Ira H. Evans, Volume III, pp. 1281-1282. A History of Texas and Texans 1914.
  • Biographical sketch. American Legislative Leaders, 1850-1910 1989.
  • Ira Hobart Evans, birth date 4/11/1844, death date 4/19/1922 in San Diego, California. FamilySearch United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 1985.
  • Civil War service: Private, Company B, 10th Vermont Volunteer Infantry; 1st Lieutenant, 9th Regiment, U.S.C.T. ("United States Colored Troops"); Captain, Company B, 116th Regiment, U.S.C.T.; Brevet Major, U.S. Volunteers. Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Biographical sketch and grave marker, Maj. Ira Hobart Evans, birth date 4/11/1844, death date 4/19/1922, burial in Berlin Corner Cemetery, Berlin Corners, Washington County, Vermont. Find a Grave .
  • EVANS, IRA HOBART (1844-1922). Handbook of Texas Online .
  • During the Civil War, Evans served in a "black volunteer regiment along the Rio Grande, and remained in the state after his muster-out." Evans cut short his tenure with the Freedmen's Bureau to take a political role in Reconstruction, pp. 182-183. Overreached on All Sides: the Freedmen's Bureau in Texas Administrators, 1865-1868 1991.
  • 20th Speaker of the House of Representatives: Ira Hobart Evans. Photo and biographical sketch. Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016 2016.
  • Civil War, Union Army, Major. "For bravery demonstrated in the Battle of Hatcher’s Run, Virginia, occurring only a week before Lee’s surrender to Grant in 1865, Evans was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor." Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846-2016 2016.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, Ira Hobart Evans, pp. 381-385. Texas, the Country and Its Men: Historical, Biographical, Descriptive 1918.
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