Portrait: Governors Photograph Album, 1878, RG 22, PSA; Bio: Smull’s Handbook, 1878, Senate of Pennsylvania.
Evan Holben was born at Pleasant Corner (Holbensville), Lehigh County, Nov. 26, 1837, the son of Jacob and Lydia (Kocher) Holben; studied law, admitted to the Lehigh bar, and pursued private practice. He was mustered in Co. D., 176th Regt., PVI, private, Nov. 8, 1862 – nine month service; duty at Suffolk, Va.; New Berne; Beaufort, N.C.; Port Royal, St. Helena Island; and Hilton Head S.C.; mustered out with company on Aug. 8, 1863; returned to his law practice; became a prominent member of the Lehigh bar; author; and member of the Senate, 1877-1882. He married Ida (Wright) Schwartz. Senator Holben passed away in 1918, interred at Union and West End Cemetery.