Hon. Cornelius H. Evans son of
the late Robert W. Evans, was born in the city of Hudson, N. Y., June, 22,
1841. He received the rudiments of his education at the common
schools, and was also classically instructed at the Hudson Academy and the
private institute of Mr. Bradbury in Hudson. Entering his father's
mercantile counting-room at the age of nineteen,---where he remained till
his father's death, in1868,---he had ample experience to qualify him for the
responsibilities of an active partnership in the firm, which he assumed, the
business being conduced under the firm-name of Phipps & Evans till 1873.
He then purchased the interest and real estate of Mr. Phipps in the cities
of New York and Hudson, and took into partnership with him Mr. James H. Gaul
and Mr. James H. Phipps, the firm-style being C. H. Evans & Co., of which
Mr. Evans has since been the active and responsible head. As a
business man his career has been remarkably successful. He built his
present fine residence on Warren street in 1870, an in 1868 completed a
block of stores and dwelling begun by his father.
was united in marriage in 1864 to Miss Imogene Grant, of Hudson, N. Y., and
has two sons, Robert W. and Cornelius H., aged respectively thirteen and
politics he is a Democrat, and as such has held several responsible
positions in the municipal affairs of the city. He was elected
alderman in 1869, mayor in 1872; he was re-elected to the mayoralty in the
fall of 1876, and still holds the office. For two years past he has
been a member of the Democratic central committee, and for twelve years
secretary and treasurer of the Hudson Aqueduct Company.
administration of the city government marked improvements have been made.
The new Hudson water-works, costing originally two hundred and fifty
thousand dollars, have been inaugurated and completed, and the present
efficient police force of the city established. Under his first
administration about half of the city was supplied with sewerage, and other
public works improved and new ones originated. It may be said without
exaggeration that his activity and public spirit have infused new life into
the improvements of the city. He is comparatively a young man, but in
point of executive ability, force of character, business enterprise, and
honorable dealing he has made a reputation for himself which is highly
appreciated by his fellow-citizens.