Armanis F Knotts

Armanis F Knotts

Death 3 Oct 1937 (aged 81)
Burial Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 27507525 · View Source
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Armanis F. Knotts, mayor of Hammond and since 1888 continuously engaged in law practice in this city, is an able, industrious and successful member of the Lake county bar, and deserves all the more credit because he arrived at his present prominent position by diligent application early and late from the days of boyhood. He has spent nearly all his active career in northwestern Indiana,
and for a number of years was a successful school teacher, by which profession he entered upon his broader field of activity in the law and public life. He is one of the influential Republicans of Lake county, and to the social, institutional, professional and political affairs of his community has given a generous share of his time and effort.

Mr. Knotts was born in Highland county, Ohio, February 29, 1860, a son of Frank D. and Margaret (Bell) Knotts, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Ohio. His mother was a daughter of an early settler and farmer of Ohio, of Irish descent, and who reared a large family. On the paternal side the family is of Holland Dutch stock, from early settlers in Maryland, and the great-grandfather was a soldier in the Revolution. The grandfather, a soldier in
the war of 1812, moved to Ohio at an early day, and lived there till his death at the age of seventy years, having reared a large family.

Frank D. Knotts, the father of Mayor Knotts, has followed the occupations of carpenter and farmer principally. When he was quite young he moved with his parents to Ohio, and in 1868 came to Indiana, locating first in Tippecanoe county, near Lafayette, and afterward at Medaryville, Pulaski county, where he was engaged in farming, but now lives in the town. He is a Democrat in politics, and has held various township offices. His first wife died in 1870, at the age of 29 years, and he married for his second wife Miss Jennie Yates, who became the mother of two children: Nettie, the wife of Nandis Cox, of Medaryville; and William, of Medaryville.

Mayor Knotts was eight years old when he came with his parents to Indiana, and he grew to manhood in Pulaski county, being reared on a farm and learning its duties at an early age. He laid the foundation for his larger training while a student in the district schools, and later attended the normal school at Valparaiso. After leaving the home schools he had taught for some time in the country schools and in Medaryville. He spent five years at Valparaiso, and graduated in the classical course in 1883. He then taught two years at Ladoga,
being principal of the Central Indiana Normal and Business College. He then returned to Valparaiso, where he took the law course and was graduated in 1887. In 1888 he opened his office in Hammond, and has been successfully practicing in this city ever since. He was elected county surveyor of Porter county while in school in Valparaiso, and held the office eighteen months, resigning when he came to Hammond. Since coming to Hammond he has been much interested in Republican politics. He was elected and served one term in the state legislature, from 1898. In May, 1902, he was elected mayor of Hammond, and has
given a very efficient administration of municipal affairs.

Mr. Knotts resides at 8 Clinton street, where he built a comfortable home in 1892. He affiliates with Garfield Lodge No. 569, F. & A. M., with Hammond Chapter No. 117, R. A. M., and with Hammond Commandery, K. T. His wife and the children are members of the Catholic church. In 1884 he married Miss Mary Hennessy, a daughter of Michael Hennessy. They have had four children: Anna Frances, Eugenia, Leo and Marguerite. Leo died at the age of two years.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Armanis F Knotts (30 Jan 1856–3 Oct 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27507525, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Ocala, Marion County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by No Guts, No Glory (contributor 46889469) .