Evarts. I. Jeremiah, secretary of the American board of commissioners for foreign missions, born in Sunderland, Vt., Feb. 3, 1781, died in Charleston, S. 0., May 10, 1831. He graduated at Yale college in 1802, and after some time spent in teaching, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1806, practised his profession in New Haven for about four years, and from 1810 to 1820 edited the "Panoplist," a religious monthly magazine published at Boston. In 1812 he was chosen treasurer of the American board of commissioners for foreign missions, and in 1820, when the "Panoplist'"' was discontinued, and the "Missionary Herald " was issued by the board in its stead, he took charge of the latter periodical. He was chosen corresponding secretary of the board in 1821, and retained that office until his death. He wrote 24 essays on the rights of the Indians, under the signature of "William Penn," which were published in 1829. - See "Memoirs of Jeremiah Evarts," by E. 0. Tracy (8vo, Boston, 1845). II. William Maxwell, an American lawyer, son of the preceding, born in Boston, Feb. 6, 1818. He graduated at Yale college in 1837, studied in the Harvard law school, and was admitted to the bar in New York in 1841. He received the degree of LL. D. from Union college in 1857, from Yale in 1865, and from Harvard in 1870. In the impeachment trial of President Johnson, in the spring of 1868, Mr. Evarts was principal counsel for the defendant.
From July 15, 1868, to the close of President Johnson's administration, he was attorney general of the United States. In 1872 he was counsel for the United States in the tribunal of arbitration on the Alabama claims at Geneva. Of Mr. Evarts's public addresses there have been published "Centennial Oration before the Lino-nian Society of Yale College" (8vo, New Haven, 1853), and " Address before the New England Society " (8vo, New York, 1854).