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John Theryll Knox (September 30, 1924 – April 3, 2017) was an American politician and lawyer.

John T. Knox
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 11th district
In office
Personal details
Born (1924-09-30)September 30, 1924
Reno, Nevada
Died April 3, 2017(2017-04-03) (aged 92)
Richmond, California
Political party Democratic
Profession lawyer
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
Battles/wars World War II

He served in the California State Assembly and as Speaker Pro Tempore. He was a Democrat.[1]

Knox was born in Reno, Nevada and moved to California with his parents in 1929. He served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He received his bachelor's degree from Occidental College and his law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Knox was admitted to the California bar in 1953 and practiced law in Richmond, California. He died at a hospital in Richmond, California after a long illness.[2][3]


A portion of Interstate 580 is called the John T. Knox Freeway.[4]


  1. ^ Vassar, Alexander C. (2011). Legislators of California (PDF). Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Papers of John Teryll Knox, University of California, Berkeley
  3. ^ 'John T. Knox, longtime Contra Costa Assemblyman, dies,' East Bat Times, Sam Richards, April 5, 2017
  4. ^ "California Highways: Interstate 580". Retrieved 2013-01-26.