Evarts, William Maxwell
- Ari Hoogenboom
Evarts, William Maxwell (06 February 1818–28 February 1901), lawyer and statesman, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Jeremiah Evarts, the corresponding secretary of the American Board of Foreign Missions, and Mehetabel Sherman, whose father, Roger Sherman, had signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. When Evarts was thirteen, his father died, leaving his family with little money. Relatives paid Evarts’s tuition at Yale, where he stood third in the class of 1837. He then spent a year in Windsor, Vermont, studying law and teaching school. There he met Helen Minerva Wardner, whom he married in August 1843; they had twelve children. Evarts spent 1838 to 1839 at Harvard Law School before reading law with Daniel Lord in New York City. He was admitted to the bar there in 1841, and in 1842 Evarts founded his own firm. That same year his able, if futile, defense of a notorious forger, ...