Edgefield in Edgefield County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
John Gary Evans
October 15, 1863 - June 22, 1942
—Governor 1894-1897 —
Location. 33° 46.783′ N, 81° 55.183′ W. Marker is in Edgefield, South Carolina, in Edgefield County. Marker is on Augusta Road. Touch for map. Marker is due east of the Benjamin Ryan Tillman Marker on the Ten Governors Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Edgefield SC 29824, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benjamin Ryan Tillman (within shouting distance of this marker); John Calhoun Sheppard (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Strom Thurmond (about 700 feet away); Milledge Luke Bonham (approx. ¼ mile away); Francis Wilkinson Pickens (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Henry Hammond (approx. 0.4 miles away); M60A3 Main Battle Tank (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pierce Mason Butler (approx. half a mile away); Oakley Park Museum (approx. 0.6 miles away); J. Strom Thurmond Birthplace (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edgefield.
More about this marker. This marker is the ninth along the Ten Governor's Trail, a converted railroad
Also see . . .
1. John Gary Evans. John Gary Evans (October 15, 1863 – June 27, 1942) was Democratic Governor of South Carolina from 1894 to 1897. (Submitted on October 24, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Marion County Biographies: John Gary Evans. (Submitted on October 24, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Key Events
• 1887 - Admitted to the bar, Evans practices law in Aiken County, where he developed a reputation for representing poor white farmers. This draws the attention of political powerhouse "Pitchfork Ben" Tillman.
• 1894 - His rapid rise in politics culminated in his election as South Carolina's 85th governor at the age of 31, making him the youngest governor in South Carolina history.
• Evans was a follower of Tillman and presided over the state's constitutional convention.
• 1941 – Governor Evans presented Oakley Park with 40 acres to the Town of Edgefield. The deed stipulated that "Oakley Park" was to be a memorial to Martin Witherspoon Gary and was to be taken care of by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Gary was Evans' uncle; he raised Evans after his parents
— Submitted October 24, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
Categories. • 20th Century • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Government • Notable Persons • Politics • War, Spanish-American •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,192 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.