The Court System

Judiciary Act of 1789

Who was William Evarts?

William Maxwell Evarts was one of the nation’s leading lawyers. He also served in the U.S. Senate and sponsored the Judiciary Act of 1891. Evarts served as counsel for President Andrew Johnson during his impeachment proceedings. He also served as U.S. attorney for President Abraham Lincoln and as secretary of state for President Rutherford B. Hayes.


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