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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.

John Knight
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York
In office
1948–1955
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byHarold P. Burke
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York
In office
March 18, 1931 – June 15, 1955
Appointed byHerbert Hoover
Preceded byJohn R. Hazel
Succeeded byJustin C. Morgan
Personal details
Born
John Knight

(1871-04-29)April 29, 1871
Arcade, New York
DiedJune 15, 1955(1955-06-15) (aged 84)
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Rochester (A.B.)
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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.[1]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] Knight was an alternate delegate to the 1924 Republican National Convention and a delegate to the 1928 Republican National Convention.[citation needed]

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.[2] 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.[1]

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