Essay on H. Clay Evans' 1894 Run for Governor of Tennessee
This collection contains one short essay on H. Clay Evans' 1894 run for governor of Tennessee. It mentions his opponent Walter Brownlow and Evans' asking that soldiers from the Civil War not be allowed to vote in the election for the republican nomination.
See also the 1970 thesis, The life and public career of Henry Clay Evans by John B. Seehorn (call number Thesis70.S423).
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This collection contains one short essay on H. Clay Evans' run for governor of Tennessee in 1894. It mentions his opponent Walter Brownlow and Evans' asking that soldiers from the Civil War not be allowed to vote in the election for the Republican nomination.
Henry Clay Evans (1843-1921) grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from a Chicago business training school in 1861. He served in the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry as a quartermaster sergeant in 1864 and worked with the quartermaster department in Chattanooga, where he settled in 1870. Evans later became president of the Chattanooga Car and Foundry Company and remained principal owner until 1917.
Evans became president of the school board and school commissioner, and then in 1873 he was elected city alderman and served as mayor (1881-83). In 1888 Evans won a set in the U. S. House of Representatives. President Benjamin Harrison appointed him first assistant postmaster general (1891-93). In 1894 Evans ran against Peter Turney for governor of Tennessee. It was a hotly disputed contest, but in the end Evans lost the race. Evans served as commissioner of pensions (1897) and as U. S. consul general in London (1902-1905). After returning to Chattanooga, he was elected the city's commissioner of health and education in 1911. He also served as a trustee of the University of Tennessee and University of Chattanooga (now University of Tennessee at Chattanooga).
Collection consists of a single folder.
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