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Ira Hobart Evans

April 11, 1844 - April 19, 1922

 
 
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By Keith Peterson, July 8, 2007
1. Ira Hobart Evans Marker
Inscription. Born in New Hampshire, Ira H. Evans grew up in Vermont. During the Civil War he served in the Union Army, attaining the rank of Major. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor and in 1865 was a member of the Honor Guard for the funeral of President Lincoln.

Following the war Evans was stationed in Texas along the Rio Grande until 1866. After his discharge from the Army in 1867, he returned to the area as an agent for the Freedmenís Bureau. He was elected to the Texas Legislature in 1869 and in 1870 was chosen Speaker of the House, the first Republican and youngest person to date to hold that office. He was removed as Speaker on May 10, 1871, in a dispute over interpretation of the 1869 State Constitution.

Evans began a business career in 1872 and, as President of the New York & Texas Land Company, became a leader in Texas railroads and land development. He moved to Austin in 1885. Active in civic affairs, he served as President of the board of Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson College) from 1911 to 1920.

Evans bought this house in 1892 and hired noted architect Alfred Giles to remodel it to its current appearance. He moved to California in 1921 and, after his death in San Diego in 1922, was buried in Vermont.
 
Erected 1991 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6429.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 30° 16.237′ N, 97° 44.811′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on San Antonio Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 708 San Antonio Street, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Austin Womanís Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Emma West Flats (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old B.J. Smith Property (about 400 feet away); West-Bremond Cottage (about 400 feet away); Joseph and Mary Robinson Martin House (about 500 feet away); Gilfillan House (about 500 feet away); 1933 Austin Public Library (about 600 feet away); Austin's Moonlight Towers (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .
1. Handbook of Texas Online - Ira Hobart Evans. (Submitted on December 26, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
2. Wikipedia - Ira Hobart Evans. (Submitted on December 26, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
3. Find-A-Grave - Ira Hobart Evans. (Submitted on December 26, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
4. Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution - Ira Hobart Evans. (Submitted on December 26, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
 
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