Cyrus Frederick Knight (March 28, 1831 – June 8, 1891) was the fourth Bishop of Milwaukee from 1889 till 1891.

The Right Reverend

Cyrus Frederick Knight
Bishop of Milwaukee
ChurchEpiscopal Church
ElectedDecember 12, 1888
In office1889–1891
PredecessorEdward R. Welles
SuccessorIsaac Lea Nicholson
by Alonzo Potter
ConsecrationMarch 26, 1889
by William Edward McLaren
Personal details
Cyrus Frederic Smith

(1831-03-28)March 28, 1831
DiedJune 8, 1891(1891-06-08) (aged 60)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
BuriedForest Home Cemetery
ParentsCyrus Smith & Lucy Woodbury Prince
SpouseElizabeth Pickering Nichols
SignatureCyrus Frederick Knight's signature

Early life and education


Cyrus Frederic Smith was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts on March 28, 1831, the son of Cyrus Smith and Lucy Woodbury Prince. He changed his name from Cyrus Frederic Smith to Cyrus Frederick Knight on May 2, 1854, upon petition in Probate Court, Groton, Massachusetts. He was educated at Burlington College in New Jersey and then at Harvard University. He also graduated from the General Theological Seminary in 1854.[1]

Ordained ministry


Knight was ordained deacon on July 2, 1854, in Trinity Church, New York City, by the Bishop of New York Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, and became assistant at St Luke's Church in Germantown, Philadelphia. He was ordained priest in 1855 by Bishop Alonzo Potter of Pennsylvania. He then travelled to England, attending several courses of lectures at the University of Oxford.[2]

He served as rector of St Mark's Church in Boston from 1857 till 1867, and then as rector of St James' Church in Hartford, Connecticut between 1867 and 1877. In 1878, he became rector of St James's Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a post he retained till 1889.[3][4]



On December 12, 1888, Knight was elected as the fourth Bishop of Milwaukee, and was consecrated as bishop on March 26, 1889, by the Bishop of Chicago William Edward McLaren. Knight's primary consecrators were:

He died two years later, in Milwaukee, on June 8, 1891.[5]


  1. ^ "Knight, Cyrus Frederick". Appletons' Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events: 634. 1892.
  2. ^ "Knight, Cyrus Frederick". The Pickering Genealogy: 654. 1897.
  3. ^ "Knight, Cyrus Frederick". The International Cyclopaedia: A Compendium of Human Knowledge. 8: 540. 1900.
  4. ^ "Knight, Cyrus Frederick". Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography: 438. 1914.
  5. ^ "Bishop Knight No More". The Boston Globe. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. June 9, 1891. p. 4. Retrieved May 3, 2022 – via