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EVANS, Melvin Herbert, a Delegate from the Virgin Islands; born in Christiansted, St.
Croix, V.I., August 7, 1917; attended the public schools; B.S., Howard
University, Washington, D.C., 1940; M.D., Howard University College of
Medicine, 1944; M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, Calif., 1967;
Virgin Islands Health Commissioner, 1959-1967; private practice of medicine,
1967-1969; appointed Governor of Virgin Islands, and served from 1969 until
1971; first elected Governor of Virgin Islands in 1970 and served from 1971
until 1975; Republican National Committeeman for United States, Virgin Islands,
1976-1980; delegate, Republican National Conventions, 1972 and 1976; elected as
a Republican to the Ninety-sixth Congress (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1981);
unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh Congress;
United States ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, December 1, 1981, until his
death; was a resident of Christiansted, St. Croix, V.I., until his death there
on November 27, 1984; interment in Christiansted Cemetery.
BibliographyMelvin Herbert Evans in
Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007. Prepared under the
direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History
& Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government
Printing Office, 2008.