Evans, Elwood, 1828-1898

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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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referencedIn Historic American Buildings Survey. Washington (State). Elwood Evans residence plans [manuscript], 1934. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
referencedIn Hines, H. K. (Harvey Kimball), 1828-1902. H. K. Hines papers [manuscripts], 1854-1884. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Evans, Elwood, 1828-1898,. Campaign of Maj. Gen. John E. Wool, U.S. Army, against the people and authorities of Oregon and Washington, 1855-6. Yale University Library
creatorOf Evans, Elwood, 1828-1898,. The Indian War, 1855-56. Newspaper details "in weekly instalments." The incidents reported chronologically "en passant": its commencement, progress, spirit of the press, etc., etc. Yale University Library
referencedIn Smithsonian Archives. Ru 26: Office Of The Secretary, Incoming Corres..
referencedIn Dowell, Benjamin Franklin, 1826-1897. The Heirs of George W. Harris and Mary A. Harris, Indian Depredation Claimants vs. the Rogue River Indians...Petition and Argument /by Benjamin Franklin Dowell, [1888]. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Ebey, Winfield Scott, 1831-1865. Ebey family papers 1849-1918. University of Washington Libraries
creatorOf Victor, Frances Fuller, 1826-1902. Frances Fuller Victor correspondence and notes relating to the history of Oregon, 1865 - [ca. 1886]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Elwood Evans notebook, 1859-1882 Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries
referencedIn Applegate, Jesse. Jesse Applegate letters to Elwood Evans [manuscript], 1867 July 26, Oct. 13. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf McElroy, T. F. (Thornton F.), 1825-1885. Thornton F. McElroy papers, 1862-1872. Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State
creatorOf Evans, Elwood, 1828-1898. History of Oregon : ms., 1873. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Evans, Elwood, 1828-1898. Elwood Evans papers, 1841-1894. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Evans, Elwood, 1828-1898. Elwood Evans correspondence and other materials, circa 1863-1870. Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State
creatorOf Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887. ALS, 1869 October 20 : Washington, D.C. to ex-Governor Elwood Evans. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Flett, John, 1815-1892. Indian religions notes, 1890 Jul 11. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Miller, William Winlock, 1822-1876. William Winlock Miller collection, 1845-1958. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Washington (State). Territory of Washington vs. Watsersmi, to October Term, 1854, in indictment, murder, 1855. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Lovejoy, A. Lawrence (Asa Lawrence), 1808-1882. Letter: to the Honorable E. Evans /by Asa Lawrence Lovejoy, 1867 Nov 10. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Evans, Elwood, 1828-1898. Northwest Coast history : Olympia, Washington : ms., 1878. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn William Winlock Miller collection, 1845-1958 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Isaac Ingalls Stevens papers, 1848-1859 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Evans, Elwood, 1828-1898. The Fraser River excitement, 1858 : its philosophy and claims to historical notice : Olympia, Washington, 1878. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Anderson, Alexander Caulfield, 1814-1884. Historical notes on the commerce of the Columbia River, 1824 to 1848 /by Alexander Caulfield Anderson, [1880]. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Catlin, Seth, d. 1871. Protest, 1854 Mar 4. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn McLoughlin, John, 1784-1857. Letters and deed, 1841-1865. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Stevens, Isaac Ingalls, 1818-1862. Isaac Ingalls Stevens papers, 1848-1859. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Evans, Elwood. Elwood Evans papers [manuscript], 1867-1885. Oregon Historical Society Research Library
creatorOf Swan, John Mumford, 1870-. The Olympia Club conversazione : Olympia, Washington, 1878. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Miller, William Winlock, 1822-1876. William Winlock Miller papers, 1851-1876. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Miller, William Winlock, 1822-1876. William Winlock Miller collection [microform], 1845-1883. University of Idaho Library
referencedIn Tolmie, William Fraser, 1812-1886. Letters and memorandum, 1851-1881. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882. Houghton Library.
referencedIn McFadden, Obadiah B., 1817-1875. Letter, 1859 Jul 11. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Ebey, Winfield Scott, 1831-1865. Ebey family papers [microform] 1849-1918. University of Washington Libraries
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associatedWith Stevens, Isaac Ingalls, 1818-1862. person
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British Columbia
Olympia (Wash.)
Washington (State)
Washington Territory
Fraser River Region (B.C.)
Washington Territory
Oregon
Oregon
Fraser River Valley (B.C.)
Northwest, Pacific
Washington (State)
Washington Territory
Thurston County (Wash.)
Oregon
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Pioneers
Whitman Massacre, 1847
Pioneers--Oregon--Correspondence
Indians of North America
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Northwest, Pacific--History--Sources
Pacific Coast Indians, Wars with, 1847-1865
Oregon Territory--History--Sources
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Gold mines and mining
Pacific railroads--Explorations and surveys
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Historians--Oregon
Historians--Washington (State)
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Birth 1828

Death 1898

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