EVANS, John, 1814-1897

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John Evans (1814 - July 3, 1897) was a physician and educator who also served as Governor of the territory of Colorado.

John Evans
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Gender: M
Birthdate: 1814
Place of birth: Waynesville, Ohio
Nationality: US
Spouse(s): Hannah Canby, Margaret Patten Gray (m. 1853)
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Death date: 3 July 1897
Place of death: Denver, Colorado




John Evans was born in Waynesville, Ohio in 1814 to David and Rachel (Burnet) Evans. He married Hannah Canby and settled in Attica, Indiana. In 1840, John Evans joined the Methodists. He married again on August 18, 1853 to Margaret Patten Gray. Evans maintained an interest in railroads. The town of Evanston, Illinois and a mountain in Colorado have been named for him. His portrait also hangs in the Capitol of Denver. John Evans died on July 3, 1897 in Denver, Colorado.

Education and Medicine

John Evans was educated at the Academy in Richmond, Indiana and later the Friends School in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. In 1838 he graduated from Lynn Medical College in Cincinnati, Ohio and visited the "West." In 1844, Evans became superintendent of the Hospital for the Insane in Indiana. In 1848, he settled in Chicago and founded its first high school. He later became President of Northwestern University's Board of Trustees. Around 1866, he helped to found the Colorado Seminary, which later became the University of Denver.


In 1862, President Lincoln appointed John Evans Governor of the Territory of Colorado.


  • Davis, The Quakers and medicine, Bulletin of the Society of Medical History of Chicago, v.4, no.l, Apr. 1928, p.89.
  • Dictionary of Amer. Biog., VI:204.
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