One of the best known lawyers of Oneida county is John Clark Evans, of Rome. He has engaged in practice
for about twelve years and few men in the same length of time have gained in a larger degree the confidence and
respect of the people. Born at Remsen, July 31, 1872, he is a son of Thomas J. and Ann Evans. The father was born
at Steuben, August 24, 1828. The family is of Welsh origin, the grandfather and grandmother having come from that
country, and settled in Oneida county, New York, about 1800. The name is, therefore, long and well known throughout
this section of the state.
John Clark Evans received his preliminary education in the public schools and attended Holland Patent high school.
Later he matriculated in the law department of Cornell University, from which he was graduated with the degree
of LL. B. in 1898. Immediately after leaving college he came to Rome and associated in practice with Isaac J. Evans,
former county judge of Oneida county, continuing in practice with him until his death. He then formed a partnership
with A. Delos Kneelaud, who is now a resident of New York city. In 1903 he became senior member of the firm of
Evans & Prescott, this association continuing until January 1, 1909, since which time Mr. Evans has practiced
alone. He has shown in his life a progression in larger fields of usefulness that gives promise of continued advancement.
Having been willing to pay the price of success by concentration upon each responsibility as it arose, he has won
many important cases in the courts and also is recognized as a competent and safe counselor. He is greatly interested
in his work, which in a large measure accounts for his high standing at the bar. He has taken an active part in
public affairs and was a member of the general assembly of the state for four terms, from 1903 to 1906 inclusive.
In 1906 he was nominated for state senator but in the election which followed was defeated. On January 1, 1909,
he was appointed special deputy commissioner of excise for Oneida county.
On November 27, 1900, Mr. Evans was married to Miss Merle C. Dexter, of Belleville, New York, and to them three
children have been born, Thelma Merle, Doris Rosemary and Diantha Margaret. Politically Mr. Evans gives his support
to the republican party, being a stanch advocate of its principles of protection and centralization. Fraternally
he is very prominent, being a member of Rome Council, No. 150, Royal Arcanum; Benjamin D. Smith Camp, Modern Woodmen
of America; and Dyfed Lodge, American True Ivorites. He is a worker in all of those organizations and has passed
through aU of the chairs in the local council of the Royal Arcanum. He is a constant and close student of law,
and also of the progress of the world and the writings of the great thinkers of all ages. A wide awake, intelligent
and discriminating observer, he has learned many practical lessons outside of books which he has had the good fortune
to apply successfully. Being now fairly launched in his life work, he may truly be numbered among the most promising
of the sons of Oneida county.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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