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Anthony Walton White Evans

EVANS, Anthony Walton White, civil engineer, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 31 October 1817; died in New York City, 28 November 1886. He received his early education in New Jersey, and then studied civil engineering at the Rensselaer polytechnic institute in Troy. His first professional employment was on the enlargement of the Erie Canal, where he served principally on the eastern division. He was made assistant on the survey and construction of the New York and Harlem railway in 1845, and for five years was resident engineer of two divisions of this work. He then accompanied Allan Campbell to Chili, and became his principal assistant in the construction of the Capiapo railroad. Subsequently he entered the employ of the Chilean government as chief engineer in the construction of one of its railroads, and still later was appointed chief engineer of the Arica and Tacua Railway Company in Peru.

After a brief visit to the United States, he returned to Chili, and became chief engineer on several railroads then in course of building under the direction of the government. On the completion of these he came back to the United States and settled in New Rochelle, New York, resuming his profession as a consulting engineer, and acting as purchasing agent of rolling stock and other railway materials for various governments and companies of South and Central America, and the islands of the South sea. Mr. Evans took an active interest in the matter of a ship canal between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and favored the San Blas route. He was a fellow of the American society of civil engineers, and other societies both in the United States and England, to whose proceedings he contributed. In addition to the foregoing, he wrote occasionally for magazines, and furnished reports on the "Preservation of Timber," "Railway Gauges for the British Colonies," and similar subjects, to different governments of the British colonies. By virtue of his descent from General Anthony W. White, he was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, and he prepared for this organization an illustrated memoir of Kosciusko, which was printed privately (New York, 1883).

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