Representative Hiram Kinsman Evans View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 7/9/1941
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
House: 26 (1896)
Home County: Wayne
Hiram Kinsman Evans
Wayne County
The member of the House from Wayne county, the Hon. Hiram Kinsman Evans, is one of the members who represents his native county in the highest law-making body of Iowa. He was born on a farm near Seymour, March 17, 1863, and lived there till he was of age. His father, Hiram Evans, was one of the hard workers for the Republican party in his locality, being twice nominated for Representative and defeated by the overwhelming Democratic majorities that prevailed in those days. Mr. Evans received a good education, completing the common school course, graduating from the Allerton high school and from the law department of the State University at Iowa City. He has practiced law in Seymour for three years and in his present home town of Corydon for six years. While living in Seymour he was a member of the town council for two years. He has been town recorder of Corydon for six years. In 1890 he was elected county attorney of Wayne county. He held the office two terms. The Republicans wanted him to take a third term, contrary to custom and precedent, but he declined the honor. Mr. Evans was married in 1891 to Miss Harriet Belvel, daughter of H. M. Belvel, the Des Moines newspaper correspondent. She is an attorney as well as her husband. In her examination for admission to practice before the supreme court of the state she took high honors, standing fifth in grade in a class of thirty-one. She was the only woman in the class and was the fourth woman in Iowa to be admitted to the bar. Mr. and Mrs. Evans have one child, Portia, born May 2, 1895. The record made by Mr. Evans in the various positions of trust he has held is one of which he may justly be proud. Always faithful to his party, he has tried and succeeded to make the administration of the duties imposed upon him a credit not only to himself but to the people who had confidence enough in his abilities to place him in positions of trust. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and belongs to the Methodist Church.