Harry Marshall Erskine Evans

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Henry "Harry" Marshall Erskine Evans (August 17, 1876 – September 20, 1973) was a politician in Alberta, Canada and a mayor of Edmonton.


Harry Evans was born August 17, 1876 in Davenport, Ontario (which is now part of Toronto) to the Rev. and Mrs. J.S. Evans. He was educated in Hamilton before earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in 1897. After graduating, he attended the Michigan School of Mines in Houghton, Michigan.

He mined in Mexico for fifteen months before moving to Winnipeg where he was Business Manager for the Winnipeg Telegram (which had been founded by his brother William Sanford Evans, who would go on to become mayor of Winnipeg and leader of the Conservative Party of Manitoba) from 1900 until 1904. After leaving the telegram, he worked for the Manitoba Land & Investment Company for two years.

Evans moved to Alberta in 1906 to prospect coal seams on the Pembina River. He moved to Edmonton the following year and managed the Pembina Coal Co. until 1908. He was the Canadian manager of a London, England financial house until it went bankrupt in 1912, when he founded the H. M. E. Evans Company, Ltd., which dealt in bonds, insurance, and real estate. In 1910, he married Edith Isabel Gifford Jackson, with whom he would have one son and four daughters.

He was elected mayor in the 1917 municipal election, finishing first in a five candidate field. He did not seek re-election at the expiration of his one year term. ...
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