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Elwood Evans

(Born: December 29, 1828 - Died: January 28, 1898)

Born in Philadelphia. Sailed for the Northwest on Aug. 14, 1851, where he became the deputy clerk to the collector of Puget Sound. He way, by profession, a lawyer. He was an active member of the Freemasons. He died at Tacoma, WA.

In the 1840s, he was an avid collector of autographs, particularly of abolitionists.

He married Elzira P. Gove on January 1, 1856.

He was mayor of Olympia, WA, 1859-1861. During 1865, he acted as governor of the territory. He joined the Washington State Historical Society in 1891, and served as its first president.

He was the author of

- History of the Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington ; embracing an account of the original discoveries on the Pacific coast of North America, and a description of the conquest, settlement and subjugation of the original territory of Oregon, also interesting biographies of the earliest settlers and more prominent men and women of the Pacific Northwest, including a descripiton of the climate, soil, productions of Oregon and Washington, Portland, OR: North Pacific History Co., 1889.


  • Anonymous, Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York, June 1898, New York: J. J. Little & Co., 1898 (p. 13, listed his death)

  • Bancroft, Hubert Howe, History of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, San Franciso: The History Co., 1890 (31:54)

  • Heartman, Charles F. and James R. Canny, A Bibliography of First Printings of the Writings of Edgar Allan Poe, Hattiesburg, MS: The Book Farm, 1943.
  • Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, ed., The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Vols 2-3 Tales and Sketches), Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1978. (Second printing 1979)
  • Thomas, Dwight and David K. Jackson, The Poe Log: A Documentary Life of Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849, Boston: G. K. Hall & Sons, 1987.

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