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William P. Evans oral history, 1969 May 2.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI OH021 (Text) 926308-1001 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 1 transcript 1 reel -to-reel tape

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Restrictions on Access Note: Photocopying of the transcript is prohibited.
Summary, etc.: The collection contains a transcript and tape of an interview with William P. Evans conducted by Thomas Krasean. Evans discusses his family and schooling; Governor Hanly and his interests in prohibition; his military service; his wife; the Ku Klux Klan; some of his more prominent cases; and his work for the Public Service Company of Indiana. He also talks about Governors Warren T. McCray and Ed Jackson and more briefly about Senators Albert Beveridge and James E. Watson.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note: OH, William P. Evans oral history, Manuscript Section, Indiana Division, Indiana State Library.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note: Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from the copyright owner.
Biographical or Historical Data: William Pascoe Evans was born on November 9, 1886, in Rosedale, Indiana. His parents were Thomas E. and Mary W. (Pascoe) Evans. He graduated from DePauw University (1907) and Harvard Law School (1911). He then entered practice as the partner of J. Frank Hanly, former Governor of Indiana. He also worked in the firm of (John Walborn) Holtzman & (Lewis Austin) Coleman. In May 1917, Evans entered the Army’s First Officers’ Training Camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison (Indianapolis). After the war, he resumed practicing law in Indianapolis. In 1920, he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Marion County. On January 24, 1923, Evans married Lucile Ade McCray. They had two children, William M. and Barbara J. Evans was reelected as Prosecuting Attorney in 1922, but resigned in 1923 to avoid prosecuting his father-in-law, Governor Warren T. McCray. Evans was very involved in the trial of Governor Ed Jackson when he was charged with bribing Governor McCray, who held office immediately prior to Jackson. He also served as joint State Senator for Marion and Johnson counties and was chief counsel for Public Service Company of Indiana (1925-1951). Evans then joined the firm of Hays and Hays where he practiced until his retirement in 1955. He died on February 9, 1971.
Subject: Evans, William P. (William Pascoe), 1886-1971.
Hanly, J. Frank (James Frank), 1863-1920.
McCray, Warren T. (Warren Terry), 1865-1938.
Jackson, Ed, 1873-1954.
Beveridge, Albert J. (Albert Jeremiah), 1862-1927.
Watson, James E. (James Eli), 1863-1948.
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )
Public Service Company of Indiana (1941- )
World War, 1914-1918.
Prohibition.
Lawyers > Indiana.
Public prosecutors > Indiana > Marion County.
Legislators > Indiana.
Indiana > Politics and government.

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