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John Evans

physician , railroad builder , territorial governor

John Evans, American physician, railroad builder, territorial governor.


Evans, John was born on March 9, 1814 in Waynesville, Ohio, United States. Son of David and Rachel (Burnet) Evans.


Graduate Lynn Medical College, 1838.


Began practice medicine, 1838. Leader in movement to establish 1st hospital for insane in Indiana, served as 1st superintendent. Became professor obstetrics Rush Medical College, Chicago, 1848.

An editor, proprietor Northwestern Medical and Surgical Journal. Promoter Mercy Hospital. Chairman Chicago Committee on Schools, 1854.

A principal founder Northwestern University. Director, part builder Fort Wayne & Chicago R.R. Became territorial governor Colorado, 1862.

Elected to the United States Senate by those who hoped for Colorado statehood, 1865, never took seat. Founder U. Denver (Colorado). Leader movement resulting in incorporation Denver Pacific Railroad & Telegraph Company.

Promoter S. Park R.R. (across Continental Divide), Denver & New Orleans R.R. (giving Denver access to South). Evanston (Illinois) named after him. Mount Evans (near Denver, 14,260 feet) named in his honor by legislative act, 1895.


Married Hannah Canby, 1838. Married second, Margaret Patten Gray, August 18, 1853.

David Evans

Rachel (Burnet) Evans

Hannah Canby

Margaret Patten Gray