Horatio Gates Knight

Horatio Gates Knight

Easthampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 16 Oct 1895 (aged 78)
Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Easthampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 95866597 · View Source
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From the Lyman Genealogy

Hon. Horatio 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.


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.


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