Evans, Elwood, 1828-1898

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Dates:
Birth 1828
Death 1898

Biographical notes:

Elwood Evans was born about 1828. By the early 1850's he was living in Olympia, WA. He was one of the first attorneys to practice in Olympia. As one of the early pioneers of Thurston County, WA, he was very active in political life holding many local offices. He was elected to the first Legislative Assembly in Washington Territory. In December 1862, he was appointed Secretary of Washington Territory and served William T. Pickering, Governor. Because his appointment wasn't accompanied by a bond, the former Secretary, Turney, would not vacate the office because he said Evans' appointment wasn't legitimate. There was some confusion for a couple of months because both claimed to be the Secretary. Evans served as Secretary from 1863-1868. During 1865 he was the acting Governor of Washington Territory. Elwood Evans was an author, well-known historian, lawyer and judge. He had lived most of his adult life in Olympia, WA. He moved to Tacoma, WA when it was booming and that was where he passed away in 1898.

From the description of Elwood Evans correspondence and other materials, circa 1863-1870. (Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State). WorldCat record id: 268678569

Elwood Evans (1828-1898), born in Philadelphia, went to Oregon Territory in 1851 as deputy collector of customs at Nisqually. From 1859 to 1861, he served as mayor of the newly incorporated town of Olympia, Washington. In addition to his historical work, A History of the Pacific Northwest, he contributed many historical articles to local papers.

From the guide to the Elwood Evans notebook, 1859-1882, (Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries)

Elwood Evans, born in Philadelphia, went to Oregon Territory in 1851 as deputy collector of customs at Nisqually. He returned to Philadelphia in 1852, but was back in Oregon by 1853 as secretary to Governor Stevens. He contributed many historical articles to local papers.

From the description of Elwood Evans papers, 1841-1894. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702126616

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Subjects:

  • Pioneers
  • Whitman Massacre, 1847
  • Pioneers--Oregon--Correspondence
  • Indians of North America
  • Governor
  • Northwest, Pacific--History--Sources
  • Pacific Coast Indians, Wars with, 1847-1865
  • Oregon Territory--History--Sources
  • Missions
  • Gold mines and mining
  • Pacific railroads--Explorations and surveys

Occupations:

  • Historians--Oregon
  • Historians--Washington (State)

Places:

  • British Columbia (as recorded)
  • Olympia (Wash.) (as recorded)
  • Washington (State) (as recorded)
  • Washington Territory (as recorded)
  • Fraser River Region (B.C.) (as recorded)
  • Washington Territory (as recorded)
  • Oregon (as recorded)
  • Oregon (as recorded)
  • Fraser River Valley (B.C.) (as recorded)
  • Northwest, Pacific (as recorded)
  • Washington (State) (as recorded)
  • Washington Territory (as recorded)
  • Thurston County (Wash.) (as recorded)
  • Oregon (as recorded)