EVINS, John Hamilton, (1830 - 1884)


EVINS, John Hamilton, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Spartanburg District, S.C., July 18, 1830; attended the common schools and was graduated from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1853; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1856 and commenced practice in Spartanburg, S.C.; entered the Confederate Army as a lieutenant and served until discharged due to wounds in 1863, attaining the rank of captain; later served as lieutenant colonel in the South Carolina Militia during the closing months of the war; resumed the practice of law in Spartanburg; member of the State house of representatives, 1862-1864; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1877, until his death in Spartanburg, S.C., October 20, 1884; chairman, Committee on Territories (Forty-eighth Congress); interment in Magnolia Street Cemetery.