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Evans, Merrill Jennings, 1904-1993



  • Existence: 1904-02-26-1993-10-25- 1904 February 26 - 1993 October 25 - 1993-10-25


Merrill Jennings Evans was born in Currituck County, North Carolina on February 26, 1904. He was educated in the public schools of that county and attended William and Mary College. After marrying Margaret Smith in 1930, he and his wife moved to Ahoskie, North Carolina where they lived until Evans' death.

In 1940, Evans was elected to the North Carolina State senate, where he served two terms. He later served in the State House of Representatives. Evans served as Highway Commissioner for the First District from 1945-1949 and was later appointed Chairman of the State Highway Commission having been appointed by Governor Terry Sanford. Evans also served as Mayor of Ahoskie from 1973-1985.

Evans died on October 25, 1993 and is buried in Ahoskie Cemetery.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Cyrus Hogue, Jr. Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-264
Scope and Contents This collection contains correspondence and other documents associated with Cyrus Hogue's involvement in advocating for a new bridge crossing over the Cape Fear River in Wilmington. After decades of campaigning by local citizens, the Wilmington bridge project finally came to fruition with the completion of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in 1969. Hogue, a local Wilmington lawyer and Chairman of the Democratic Party, was instrumental in working the State Highway Commission and Governor Terry...
Dates: 1962-1969