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  • ID: I377
  • Name: Horatio Gates KNIGHT
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 MAR 1817 in Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
  • Death: 16 OCT 1895 in Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts of Cerebral embolism
  • Reference Number: 256+213>24
  • _FSFTID: 27S5-4LZ
  • _UID: 1F310DA50D835942922C11D95E75141DD972
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    BIOGRAPHY: !Horatio Gates Knight-was a prosperous and well known businessman and politian of his time. He rose to become first Treasurer, then President of the firm of Williston & Knight, a manufacturer of cloth covered buttons. He became Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, and was a trustee of Williams College. He served as Chairman of the Hoosac Tunnel Commission and was Commissioner of the Draft for the Civil War. He served in both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature. He was a delegate to the Republican convention in Chicago that nominated Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant to the Presidency.
    Lt. Governor from 1875-1879

    New England Magazine Volume 5 Issue 26 December 1886
    Horatio G. Knight
    By Hon. William G. Bassett
    In Easthampton, where agriculture, education and manufactures are conducted with some prominence, are located the mills of three companies, which are leading producers of the several kinds of goods they make. These are covered buttons, rubber thread, and suspenders and other elastic goods. Samuel Williston, the well known munificent philanthropist, founder of Williston Seminary, was the leader in this enterprises. Horatio G. Knight commenced with Mr. Williston as a boy. Expecting to go at once in the store of his employer, he was set to work in a garden. Though a little disappointed and dissatisfied, he has said he did the work the best he could. Mr. Williston had a purpose to educate him in the schools, but he at once became so useful that he could not be spared for that purpose. But reading, constant contact with means of education, a study of and participation in affairs of importance, with travel and observation in this country and foreign countries, have made him a man of unusual general intelligence. Thirty-nine years ago, Williston and Knight established the button business in Easthampton. They remained partners in business till Mr. Williston's death. It fell to the lot of Governor Knight to buy the first India Rubber and the first elastic fabric looms and braiding machines there used. During that long and intimate association in business, the names of Samuel Williston and Horatio G. Knight were suggestive of successful business integrity and enterprise. The manufacture of goods in their native town, and in connection with it, a prosperous selling business in New York, both during the life of Mr. Williston and since his death, have owed much to the intelligent energy and vitalizing contact of Governor Knight. His success is the result of constant, systematic and intelligent diligence. He is an alert man. He walks fast, works and thinks rapidly and well.

    The Willimantic Journal
    An Independent, Local, Family Newspaper.
    Published Every Saturday Morning
    Office in Franklin Building, Up Stairs
    ********The Willimantic Journal, September 1861
    924. TWJ Fri Sep 27, 1861: Horatio G. Knight of Easthampton, Mass., has offered to give $50 to single, $100 to married men of that town, who will enlist in the company now forming in Northampton. A part of the money will be paid immediately if needed, and the balance at the expiration of the term of service.

    Genealogy of the Lyman Family in Great Britain and America
    Lyman Coleman, D.D.,
    Albany, N. Y.
    J. Munsell, State Street
    1872 - Page 439/440
    476 Hon. Horation G. Knight, son of Sylvester and Rachel Lyman Knight, b. March 24, 1817; m. Mary A. Huntoon, of New York, Sept. 28, 1841, and settled in Easthampton, where he now resides, and is one of the leading manufacturers of the town. On the establishment of the button works on Hon. Samuel Williston of Easthampton, Mr. Knight, who had been before clerk and salesman for Mr. Williston, became a partner. Since then the firm of Williston, Knight & Co., until the recent organization of the National Button Co., in which the same persons are stockholders. Mr. Knight is also largely interested in the Nashawnnuck and Glendale Companies, and next to Mr. Williston has been most prominent in the manufacturing operations of the place. He has also been very prominent in the public affairs of the town, which he has twice represented in the lower house of the legislature. He also occupied a seat in the Senate during two sessions, and was a member of the Republican National Convention at Chicago, by which Abraham Lincoln was first placed before the people as a candidate for the presidency. He was a member of the Executive Council of the state of Mass., in the administration of Gov. Bullock, to which position he was elected under the circumstances very complimentary to himself. He also filled the same office in the first term of Gov. Clafin. In the early part of the war Mr. Knight was very active in procuring volunteers, paying bounties to Easthampton men who enlisted in the 27th Regiment, and subsequently to those who enlisted in the 31st Regiment, amounting in the aggregate to several thousand dollars.

    John Hopkins and Some of his Descendants
    By Timothy Hopkins
    Printed and bound in the United States of America
    by Stanford University Press

    One of a Thousand
    One Thousand Representative Men
    Resident in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    A. D. 1888 - 89
    Compiled by John C. Rand.
    First National, Publishing Company
    1890 - Page 361
    Knight, Horation Gates, the son of Sylvester and Rachel L. Knight, was born in Easthampton, Hampshire County, March 24, 1818.
    He received his early education at the common schools of his native town. When quite a boy he went into the employ of Samuel Williston at Easthampton, with the expectation of going at once into his store, but much to his surprise he was set to work in the garden. Through a little disappointed and dissatisfied, he has since said he did the work the best he could. He soon rose in position. In 1832 he became a clerk in Mr. Williston's employ, and in 1842 he was a partner with him in his extensive button manufacturing business. He continued with Mr. Williston in various manufacturing enterprises and mercantile pursuits till the time of the latter's death. He is now a manufacturer and merchant, being the senior member of the Williston & Knight Company, New York. Mr. Knight served two years in the House of Representatives, two years in the Senate, two years in the executive council, and four years as lieutenant-governor. He has been a trustee of Williams College, Williston Seminary, Clarke Institution for Deaf Mutes, president of a national bank, a savings bank, and of several manufacturing corporations, a director of the New Haven & Northampton railroad, a member of the state board of education, of the Easthampton school committee, and has held various other offices in his native town. Mr. Knight was appointed by ?War Governor? Andrew to the office of drafting commissioner, by Governor Claflin a commissioner on the Lee and New Haven railroad matters, and by Governor Washburn a state commissioner to the Vienna Exposition. He has traveled extensively in this and foreign countries, having visited Europe many times for business and pleasure. He was a delegate to the Chicago convention that first nominated Abraham Lincoln, and to the Philadelphia convention that nominated General Grant. Mr. Knight was married in New York City, September 28, 1842, to Mary Ann, daughter of Charles and Minerva P. Huntoon, by whom he has five surviving children; Alice, Horatio W., Lucy, Charles H., and Mary Knight- two boys, Frederick A. and Russel W., dying in infancy.

    History of the Town of Westford,
    In the County of Middlesex, Massachusetts
    1659 - 1883
    by Rev. Edwin R. Hodgman, A. M.
    Lowell, Mass - Morning Mail Company, Printers.
    Votes Cast in Elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

    1875 Election
    Alexander H. Rice, 217
    William Gaston, 215
    John L. Baker, 27;
    Lieutenant Governor:
    Horatio G. Knight, 168
    John Quincy Adams, 209

    1876 Election
    Alexander H. Rice, 217
    Charles Francis Adams, 174
    John I. Baker, 6;
    Lieutenant Governor:
    Horatio G. Knight, 217
    William R. Plunkett, 176
    Daniel c. Eddy, 6

    1877 Election
    Alexander H. Rice, 156
    William Gaston, 159
    Robert C. Pitman, 20
    Wendell Phillips, 1;
    Lieutenant Governor:
    Horatio G. Knight, 159
    William R. Plunkett, 160
    Elijah A. Morse, 15
    Dyer D. Lum, 1

    Williston Seminary,
    Easthampton, Mass.
    Alumni Records
    From 1842 to 1874
    Compiled by Joseph H. Sawyer
    1875 - Page 27
    Hon. Horatio G. Knight was treasurer of the National Button Company, Easthampton, and member of firm Williston Knight & Co., when elected trustee; born in Easthampton, Mass., March 24, 1817; has filled the various town offices in Easthampton; representative to the General Court of Massachusetts, two years; senator from Hampshire District, two years; councilor from the Eighth District, two years; appointed drafting committee, by Governor Andrew; Massachusetts commissioner to Vienna Exhibition, by Governor Washburn; commissioner on Lee and New Haven Railroad, by Governor Talbot; has been treasurer and president of Glendale Elastic Fabric Company; treasurer of National Button Company; vice-president Northampton Institution for Savings; president Easthampton Rubber Thread Company; president Northampton Loan and Trust Company; president First National Bank of Easthampton; delegate to the Chicago Convention which first nominated Abraham Lincoln for the presidency, and to the Philadelphia Convention, which nominated General Grant, for a second term; elected lieutenant-governor of Massachusetts, November 3, 1874.

    The New York Times
    April 24, 1883
    Ex-Gov. Knight Seriously Ill.
    Springfield, Mass., April 23. ? Ex-Gov. Knight, of Easthampton, is seriously ill from nervous prostration and complication of disease, in consequence of which the hearing at Northampton on a petition to throw ex-Gov. Knight and the Williston & Knight Company into bankruptcy set down for to-day was postponed for a week. It is rumored that they will voluntarily go into insolvency.

    The New York Times
    April 20, 1893
    The Williston & Knight Failure
    Boston, April 19, - Judge Conant, of Greenfield, heard petitions yesterday of the First National Bank, of Northampton, and the First National Bank, of Easthampton, asking that ex-Gov. H. G. Knight and the Williston & Knight Company be declared insolvent, and notices were issued returnable on Monday. This affects all of the property of the parties in Hampshire County. The petitions allege fraud in the transfer of some $20,000 worth of various stocks to the members of Mr. Knight?s own family and to relatives, which were made within a week or two of the suspension, and other acts in evasion of the insolvent law. An injunction was also granted restraining ex-Gov. Knight from transferring any of his property.

    Northern Christian Advocate, October 7, 1875
    At the Republican Convention, in Massachusetts, Hon. Alexander H. Rice was nominated for Governor and Horatio G. Knight for Lieutenant-Governor. A hard money platform was adopted.

    History and Genealogy of the Pomeroy Family PT. II
    By Albert A. Pomeroy
    The Franklin Printing and Engraving Co. Toledo, Oh.
    Copyright 1912
    Page 445
    The marriage of Mary Ann Huntoon and Gov. H. G. Knight is discussed along with all pertinent dates, info on Mary Ann?s parents is also given.

    CENSUS: 1850 United States Federal Census
    Name: Horatio G Knight
    Age: 33
    Estimated birth year: abt 1817
    Birth Place: Massachusetts
    Gender: Male
    Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    Family Number: 17
    Household Members: Name Age
    Horatio G Knight 33
    Mary A Knight 21
    Allice Knight 6
    Horatio W Knight 3
    Lucy Knight 2
    Charles H Knight 0
    Ann Davis 26
    Maria Cooper 20
    Ezekiel Wood 25
    Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; Roll M432_320; Page: 169B; Image: 335.
    Name: Horatio G Knight
    Event Type: Census
    Event Date: 1855
    Event Place: Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
    Birth Year (Estimated):
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States
    Household Gender Age Birthplace
    John H Wells M Massachusetts, United States
    Sarah B Wells F Massachusetts, United States
    Benjamin R Hamilton M Massachusetts, United States
    Ellen Sullivan F Ireland
    Horatio G Knight M Massachusetts, United States
    Mary Ann Knight F Canada
    Alice Knight F Massachusetts, United States
    Horatio W Knight M Massachusetts, United States
    Lucy Knight F Massachusetts, United States
    Charles H Knight M Massachusetts, United States
    Frederick A Knight M Massachusetts, United States
    Esther Henderson F Ireland
    Julia Glynn F New York, United States
    John H Huey M Ireland
    Family Number: 52
    Line Number:
    GS Film number: 000953946
    Digital Folder Number: 004279342
    Image Number: 00482
    Collection: Horatio G Knight in household of John H Wells, "Massachusetts, State Census, 1855"

    1860 United States Federal Census
    Name: Horatio Knight
    Age in 1860: 43
    Birth Year: abt 1817
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Home in 1860: Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Easthampton
    Household Members: Name Age
    Horatio Knight 43
    Mary Ann Knight 39
    Alice Knight 16
    Horatio W Knight 15
    Lucy Knight 12
    Charles Knight 11
    Mary Knight 3
    Ellen McCarty 18
    Anna Matthews 35
    Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; Roll: M653_505; Page: 353; Image: 355.

    Name: Horatio G Knight
    Age: 48 years
    Estimated Birth Year: 1817
    Gender: Male
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Marital Status: Married
    Residence: East Hampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    Family Number: 88
    Line Number: 22
    Film Number: 0954566
    Digital Folder Number: 4286774
    Image Number: 00132
    Collection: Massachusetts State Census, 1865

    1870 United States Federal Census
    Name: Horatio G Knight
    Birth Year: abt 1817
    Age in 1870: 53
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Home in 1870: Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Southampton
    Household Members: Name Age
    Horatio G Knight 53
    Mary Ann Knight 50
    Rachel M Knight 56
    Lucy Knight 20
    Mary Knight 12
    Ira Wood 27
    Mary Ryan 31
    Nellie Wood 22
    Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts; Roll M593_620; Page: 125B; Image: 255; Family History Library Film: 552119.

    1880 United States Federal Census
    Name: Horatio I. Knight
    Home in 1880: Easthamptom, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    Age: 63
    Estimated birth year: abt 1817
    Birthplace: Massachusetts
    Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
    Spouse's name: Mary Ann
    Father's birthplace: Massachusetts
    Mother's birthplace: Massachusetts
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Occupation: Button Manufacturer
    Marital Status: Married
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Household Members: Name Age
    Horatio I. Knight 63
    Mary Ann Knight 59
    Lucy Knight 31
    Mary Reed 33
    Annie Gorman 25
    Rachel M. Knight 66
    Charles W. Butt 33
    Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Easthamptom, Hampshire, Massachusetts; Roll: T9_537; Family History Film: 1254537; Page: 308.4000; Enumeration District: 343; Image: 0618.

    PASSPORT: U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925
    Name: Horatio G Knight
    Birth Date: 24 Mar 1817
    Birth Place: East Hampton, Mass
    Passport Issue Date: 11 Aug 1865
    Passport Includes a Photo: N
    Source: Passport Applications, 1795-1905 (M1372)
    Source Information: U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data:

    U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925
    Name: Horatio Gates Knight
    Birth Date: 24 Mar 1817
    Birth Place: Town of Easthampton
    Passport Issue Date: 12 Feb 1873
    Passport Includes a Photo: N
    Source: Passport Applications, 1795-1905 (M1372)
    Source Information: U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data:
    Passport Applications, 1795-1905; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1372, 694

    New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
    Name: Horatio G Knight
    Arrival Date: 1 Nov 1886
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1818
    Age: 68
    Gender: Male
    Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
    Destination: United States of America
    Place of Origin: United States of America
    Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: American
    Ship Name: Etruria
    Port of Arrival: New York
    Line: 11
    Microfilm Serial: M237
    Microfilm Roll: M237_500
    List Number: 1339
    Port Arrival State: New York
    Port Arrival Country: United States
    Source Citation: Year: 1886; Arrival: New York , United States; Microfilm serial: M237; Microfilm roll: M237_500; Line: 11; List number: 1339.

    MEDIA: D0011 - Horatio Gates Knight - 3rd Cousin - Prominent Massachusetts businessman
    D1036 - Horatio Gates Knight - from picture history
    D4685 - Horatio Gates Knight s/o Sylvester Elderkin Knight - Horatio Knight House and Senate Album Page 0005 - All Public Member Photos

    MARRIAGE: KNIGHT, Horatio G. Marriage
    Wife: Mary Ann HUNTOON
    Marriage Date: 28 Sep 1841
    Recorded in: Seventh Presbyterian Church, New York, New York, New York
    Source: FHL Number 503633 Dates: 1835-1847

    OBITUARY: The New York Times
    October 17, 1895
    Ex-Lieut. Gov. Horatio G. Knight
    Northampton, Mass., Oct. 16. ? Ex-Lieut. Gov. Horatio G. Knight died shortly after midnight. He had been confined to his home since June. He was born in Easthampton March 24, 1818. Mr. Knight was very prominent in financial and business circles. He was Director in the Nashawannack Manufacturing Company and the Glendale Elastic Fabrics Company. He had been a Director of the Valley Machine Company of Easthampton, the Mill River Button Company, and the Florence Sewing Machine Company; President of the Easthampton Rubber Thread Company, and also one of the Directors of the New-Haven and Northampton Railroad. Mr. Knight was the senior-member of the firm of Williston, Knight & Co. of New York and had been President of several banks and trust companies. He served in both houses of the Massachusetts Legislature and in the Executive Council. He was twice Lieutenant Governor. At his first election, the head of the Republican ticket, upon which Mr. Knight ran, was defeated. Politically, he had been identified with the Republican Party since it organization. He was a delegate to the Chicago Convention which nominated Abraham Lincoln for the Presidency, was also a member of the convention in Philadelphia in 1872 that nominated Gen. Grant for his second term.

    Fitchburg Sentinel
    Fitchburg, Massachusetts
    16 October 1895 (Wednesday)
    Death of Ex-Lieut. Gov. H. G. Knight
    Northampton, Oct. 16. ? Ex-Lieut. Governor H. G. Knight died in Easthampton this morning. He was born in Easthampton, March 24, 1817, and has held most of the town offices. He was a representative to the legislature two years, a senator two years, and a member of the governor?s council two years, and was elected lieut. Governor by the Republicans in 1874, when William Gaston was elected governor. He was president of the Easthampton National Bank for many years, and treasurer of several manufacturing companies. Early in life he engaged in the manufacturing business and continued actively in that career up to a few months ago, having been for a number of years senior member of the firm, Willison, Knight & Co., button manufacturers. He was also connected in an official capacity with a great many other manufacturing, financial, educational and charitable institutions.

    DEATH: Name: Horatio Gates Knight
    Event Type: Death
    Official Cause of Death: Cerebral embolism
    Event Date: 16 Oct 1895
    Event Place: Easthampton, Massachusetts
    Residence Place: Easthampton
    Gender: Male
    Age: 78
    Marital Status: Married
    Occupation: Manufacturer
    Birth Date:
    Birthplace: Easthampton
    Birth Year (Estimated): 1817
    Burial Date:
    Burial Place:
    Father's Name: Sylvester Knight
    Father's Birthplace: Huntington
    Mother's Name: Rachel Lyman
    Mother's Birthplace: Easthampton
    Additional Relatives:
    Spouse's Name:
    Reference ID: Vol 455 P9 cn65
    GS Film number: 961516
    Frame Number:
    Digital Folder Number: 4225011
    Image Number: 17
    Citing this Record:
    "Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 Jan 2014), Horatio Gates Knight, 1895.

    BIRTH: Name: Horatio Gates Knight
    Gender: Male
    Baptism/Christening Date:
    Baptism/Christening Place:
    Birth Date: 24 Mar 1817
    Death Date:
    Name Note:
    Father's Name: Sylvester Knight
    Father's Birthplace:
    Father's Age:
    Mother's Name: Rachel (Lyman) Knight
    Mother's Birthplace:
    Mother's Age:
    Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I00997-6
    System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy
    Source Film Number: 1871945
    Reference Number: P 33 # 546
    Collection: Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915

    LAND: New York Daily Tribune, Sunday, March 30, 1884
    For Sale at Easthampton, Mass. ? The Elegant residence of Horatio G. Knight, conveniently near two railroad stations, post office, churches, public library and Williston Seminary. The house is in thorough repair, contains 13 rooms with gas, water, best sanitary plumbing and all modern improvements; good barn, carriage-house and ice house: handsome grounds, 2 ¼ acres, with flower and vegetable gardens and a great variety of shade and fruit trees and shrubs. Terms easy: possession to suit the purchaser. Inquire of William H. Chapman, P. O. Box 3,667, No. 10 Greene st., New York, or to the owner on the premises.
  • Change Date: 22 JUN 2017 at 06:46:46

    Father: Sylvester Elderkin KNIGHT b: 27 FEB 1773 in Norwich, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    Mother: Rachel LYMAN b: 11 JUN 1776 in Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts

    Marriage 1 Mary Ann HUNTOON b: 16 NOV 1820 in Montreal, Hochelaga, Quebec, Canada
    • Married: 28 SEP 1841 in Seventh Presbyterian Church, New York, New York, New York
    1. Has No Children Alice E. KNIGHT b: 20 AUG 1844 in Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    2. Has Children Horatio Williston KNIGHT b: 8 AUG 1846 in Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    3. Has No Children Lucy KNIGHT b: 6 FEB 1848 in Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    4. Has No Children Charles Huntoon KNIGHT b: 22 NOV 1849 in Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    5. Has No Children Russell Wright KNIGHT b: 20 NOV 1851 in Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    6. Has No Children Frederick Allen KNIGHT b: 6 AUG 1854 in Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
    7. Has No Children Mary KNIGHT b: 17 APR 1857 in Easthampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts
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