Henry Clay Evans

Henry Clay Evans ( born June 18, 1843 Juniata County, Pennsylvania, † December 12, 1921 in Chattanooga, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1889 and 1891 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1844, Clay Evans moved with his parents to Platteville in Wisconsin, where he later attended the public schools. Thereafter, he completed trade schools in Madison and Chicago. In 1864 he took part as a soldier of the Union Army in the Civil War. Since 1870, Evans was a resident of Chattanooga (Tennessee), where he restored freight cars. In 1881 he was elected mayor there. During his time as mayor, he reformed the public school system of this city. Later he was also school board there.

Politically, Evans member of the Republican Party. In the congressional elections of 1888 he was in the third electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrat John R. Neal on March 4, 1889. Since he lost to Henry C. Snodgrass in the elections of 1890, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1891.

Between 1891 and 1893 Evans was as First Assistant Postmaster General of the immediate deputy Postmaster General John Wanamaker. In 1894 he failed narrowly in the gubernatorial elections in Tennessee. It was only after repeated counting of votes was his rival candidate Peter Turney fixed as election winner. From 1897 to 1902 Evans was pension officer. Thereafter, he served 1902-1905 as American consul in the British capital London. In 1911, Clay Evans was appointed in Chattanooga on health and education officers. He died on 21 December 1921 in this city.