William Shadrach Knox

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William Shadrach Knox (September 10, 1843 – September 21, 1914) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts who served from 1895 to 1903.

William S. Knox
William S. Knox (Massachusetts Congressman).jpg
From 1896's Illustrated Congressional Manual.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1903
Preceded byMoses T. Stevens
Succeeded byButler Ames
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1843-09-10)September 10, 1843
Killingly, Connecticut, US
DiedSeptember 21, 1914(1914-09-21) (aged 71)
Lawrence, Massachusetts, US
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)(1st) Eunice B. Hussey
(2nd) Helen M. Boardman
Alma materAmherst College

Knox was the son of William Shadrach Knox Sr and Rebecca Walker, and the grandson of Samuel Knox and Mary Kimbell and Jimmy Walker and Hannah Richardson. Born in Killingly, Connecticut, he moved with his parents to Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1852; he attended the public schools and Amherst College where he studied the law. He was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Lawrence. In 1874 he became a member of the State house of representatives in 1874 and 1875, and he was city solicitor of Lawrence in 1875, 1876, and 1887-1890. Knox was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1903). There he served as chairman, in the Committee on Territories (Fifty-fifth through Fifty-seventh Congresses). He was not a candidate for renomination.

Later, he became president of the Arlington National Bank of Lawrence.

He died in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1914 and was interred in Bellevue Cemetery.

See alsoEdit


United States Congress. "KNOX, William Shadrach (id: K000299)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1903
Succeeded by