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EVANS, David Reid, lawyer, born in Westminster, England, 20 February 1769; died near Winn's Bridge, Fairfield district, South Carolina, 8 March 1843. He came to South Carolina with his father in 1784, was educated at Mount Zion College, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1796. In 1800 he acted as second to Thomas Baker in a duel with Daniel Brown, in which both the principals were killed. He was a member of the legislature in 1800'4, was solicitor of the middle judicial circuit in 1804'11, and was then elected to congress as a Democrat, serving in 1813'5, and declining a renomination on account of failing health. He was in the state senate in 1818 and 1822, was first president of the Fairfield Bible society, and a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church for thirty years. He bequeathed $8,000 to benevolent societies.
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