John Knight (judge)
John Knight (April 29, 1871 – June 15, 1955) was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He was President pro tempore of the New York State Senate from 1925 to 1931, and was later a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.
|Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York|
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Harold P. Burke|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York|
March 18, 1931 – June 15, 1955
|Appointed by||Herbert Hoover|
|Preceded by||John R. Hazel|
|Succeeded by||Justin C. Morgan|
April 29, 1871
Arcade, New York
|Died||June 15, 1955(aged 84)|
|Education||University of Rochester (A.B.)|
Education and careerEdit
Born on April 29, 1871, in Arcade, New York, Knight received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1893 from the University of Rochester and read law in 1896. He was the town clerk for Arcade from 1892 to 1896. He was in private practice in Arcade from 1896 to 1900. He was a Referee in Bankruptcy for the Western District of New York from 1899 to 1904. He was the district attorney for Wyoming County, New York from 1904 to 1913. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1913 to 1917. He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1917 to 1931, serving as President Pro Tem from 1924 to 1931.
State legislative and political serviceEdit
Knight was a member of the New York State Assembly from Wyoming County in 1913, 1914, 1915 and 1916, and was Chairman of the Committee on Codes in 1915, and Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary in 1916. He was a member of the New York State Senate from the 44th Senate District from 1917 to 1931, sitting in the 140th, 141st, 142nd, 143rd, 144th, 145th, 146th, 147th, 148th, 149th, 150th, 151st, 152nd, 153rd and 154th New York State Legislatures, and was President pro tempore from 1925 to 1931. Knight was an alternate delegate to the 1924 Republican National Convention and a delegate to the 1928 Republican National Convention.
Federal judicial serviceEdit
Knight received a recess appointment from President Herbert Hoover on March 18, 1931, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of New York vacated by Judge John R. Hazel. He was nominated to the same position by President Hoover on December 15, 1931. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 6, 1932, and received his commission on January 9, 1932. He served as Chief Judge from 1948 to 1955. His service terminated on June 15, 1955, due to his death.
- John Knight at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Appointed to federal bench, in New York Times on March 31, 1931 (subscription required)
- Obit in New York Times on June 16, 1955 (subscription required)
- Fenner-Broughton Family History: The Family of James Elory Fenner, 1844-1912, and Hester Adamantha (Broughton) Fenner, 1847-1922, of Crawford County, Pennsylvania by Jim Fenner (Closson Press, 1995)
|New York Assembly|
Henry A. Pierce
| New York State Assembly from Wyoming County
Bert P. Gage
|New York State Senate|
Archie D. Sanders
| New York State Senate from the 44th Senate District
Joe R. Hanley
| President pro tempore of the New York State Senate
George R. Fearon
John R. Hazel
| Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York
Justin C. Morgan
| Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York
Harold P. Burke