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Amon Carter Evans Dies, Aged 77

Former Tennessean publisher Amon Carter Evans died Wednesday at his home in Henry County. He was 77.
From the Tennessean obituary story:
The Evans family bought The Tennessean in 1937. Amon Evans’ father, Silliman Evans Sr., served as publisher.
Amon Evans became chief executive officer of The Tennessean in 1961 and publisher in 1962. He named John Seigenthaler as editor in 1962.
Mr. Evans and Seigenthaler led the newspaper through the tumultuous 1960s, supporting such issues as civil rights and environmental protection.
“Those were tough days,” Seigenthaler said. “We had liberal editorial policies on race and the environment.
“There is a lot of heat when you take a controversial stand, and often the publisher takes that more than the editor.”
Mr. Evans named Seigenthaler publisher in 1973. In 1979, Mr. Evans sold the paper to Gannett Co., for a reported $50 million.

Note: Sen. Lamar Alexander issued this statement on Evans’ death: “Amon Evans was a Tennessee original. He loved his state, his newspaper and the Great Outdoors. He was a steadfast friend. Honey and I will miss him.”