Our Infamous History
John Gary Evans (1894-1897) immediately succeeded Tillman as Governor; the nephew of Gen. Martin Witherspoon Gary, “Bald Eagle of the Confederacy”, whose home and estate were given to Edgefield by Gov.
Evans as a shrine. Gov. Evans was admitted to the bar in Augusta in 1885, and established his practice in Aiken the following year. He was elected Governor at the age of 31, the youngest man ever to attain that honor in South Carolina. In the Spanish-American War, he was made head of the civil government of Havana, and organized the first municipal court along American lines on the Island.