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EVANS, John, geologist, born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 14 February 1812; died in Washington, D. C., 13 April 1861. His father, Richard Evans, was judge of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. After taking his degree at St. Louis medical College, he served, under Dr. David Dale Owen, on the geological surveys of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. He first attracted notice, both here and abroad, by his discovery and description, of a large deposit of fossil bones of extinct species in the "Mauvaises Terres" of Nebraska. He was afterward commissioned by the U. S. government to carry on the geological surveys of Washington and Oregon territories, and was subsequently geologist to the Chiriqui commission. At the time of his death he was preparing an elaborate report on his surveys of Washington and Oregon.
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