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Charles Landon Knight

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Charles Landon Knight (18 June 1867 – 26 September 1933) was an American lawyer and newspaper publisher who represented Ohio in the United States House of Representatives from 1921-1923. His sons built his newspaper business into what would become Knight Ridder.

Charles Landon Knight
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1923
Preceded byMartin L. Davey
Succeeded byMartin L. Davey
Personal details
Born(1867-06-18)June 18, 1867
Milledgeville, Georgia
DiedSeptember 26, 1933(1933-09-26) (aged 66)
Akron, Ohio
Resting placeRose Hill Burial Park
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Clara Irene Shively
ChildrenJohn Shively Knight
James Landon Knight
Alma materVanderbilt University
Columbia University Law School
Professionnewspaper publisher

Early lifeEdit

Born near Milledgeville, Georgia, "C.L." graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1889 and from Columbia University Law School in 1890. He was admitted to the bar in 1892 and commenced practice at Bluefield, West Virginia.

Journalism and politicsEdit

Knight joined the Philadelphia Times in 1896 and remained until 1900. In 1903, Knight purchased the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio.

According to his obituary in The New York Times, "Mr. Knight was well known for his opposition to the Taft nomination in 1912, the election of Woodrow Wilson, America's entry into the World War, the country's proposed membership in the League of Nations and prohibition."[1]

He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Ohio in 1916 and 1924. He was the Representative from Ohio 14th District, from 1921 to 1923.

In 1922, Knight ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Ohio.[2]


Knight died in 1933 and is buried in Akron, Ohio.[1] His son, John S. Knight inherited the Beacon Journal in 1933; with his brother James L. Knight, the two expanded their media holdings significantly. To honor the memory of their father, the brothers established the Knight Memorial Education Fund in 1940 to provide financial aid to college students from the Akron area. The fund existed until December 1950 when its assets of $9,047 were transferred to the newly created Knight Foundation. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, "dedicated to promotion of journalistic causes".[citation needed]


Knight married Clara Irene Shively of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1893. They had two sons, John Shively Knight and James Landon Knight.[3]


  1. ^ a b Staff report (September 27, 1933). C. L. Knight Dies, 66; Long a Publisher; Well Known as Militant Editor of the Akron Beacon-Journal. The New York Times
  2. ^ "KNIGHT, Charles Landon", Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed: May 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Randall, Emilius; Ryan, Daniel Joseph (1915). History of Ohio: the Rise and Progress of an American State. 6. New York: The Century History Company. p. 428.

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