George Gillespie Evans (1815-1904)
Charles Black Evans (1866-1933)
Delaware College, now University of Delaware, might have been a financial casualty of the Civil War period except for the assistance of George Gillespie Evans, a Newark merchant. Indeed, Delaware College did close for 11 years before, during and after that conflict, and except for his willingness to personally pay some institutional debts, it would likely have remained closed.
A Trustee from 1856 until 1904, Mr. Evans served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees.
His son, Charles Black Evans, a member of the Class of 1886, was a College Trustee from 1894 until 1933. He helped establish the Women's College, which eventually was merged with Delaware College to become the University.
Evans Hall is dedicated to father and son.
Erected by University of Delaware.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the University of Delaware series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. 39° 40.813′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pierre Samuel du Pont (1870-1954) (within shouting distance of this marker); University of Delaware (within shouting distance of this marker); Harry Fletcher Brown (1867-1944) (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memoriam (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dr. Walter J. Hullihen (1875-1944) (about 300 feet away); Professor Theodore Wolf (1850-1909) (about 300 feet away); Robert W. Gore, B.ChE., 1959 (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named In Memoriam (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
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