William D. Evans represented Prince Edward County in the House of Delegates for two terms (1877–1880). Born free, he apprenticed as a housepainter and worked as a servant during the(1861–1865). He sat on Farmville‘s town council in 1873 and 1874, one of several local offices he held during his political career. In 1877, despite a new that greatly limited the number of African American candidates, he in the assembly. Evans prevailed again two years later and during his second term he joined the – alliance that controlled the General Assembly from 1879 to 1883 and refinanced the . He worked as a painter and interior decorator in Washington, D.C., and as a constable in Farmville until his death in 1900.