Knox James, (1807 - 1876)

John Knox photo

Picture taken from the 1878 History of Knox County, IL.

source: from the  Biographical directory of the United States Congress.

    Knox, James, a Representative from Illinois; born in Canajoharie, N.Y., July 4, 1807; attended Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., and was graduated from Yale College in 1830; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Utica, N.Y.; moved to Illinois in 1836 and settled in Knoxville, Knox County; continued the practice of law; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1847; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857); chairman, Committee on Roads and Canals (Thirty-fourth Congress); continued the practice of law until his death in Knoxville, Ill., October 9, 1876; interment in Knoxville City Cemetery.

source: 1878 History of Knox County, IL. Have a copy of the book.

Knox, James, deceased, and whose portrait appears in this book, was born in Montgomery co., NY, July 04, 1807; he was the son of James and Nancy Elile Knox; he prepared for college in Hamilton Academy, NY and entered Hamilton College at Clinton, NY.  in 1827; and then went to Yale; where he graduated;' was admitted to the bar in 1833; in 1836 he came to Knoxville, Ill, where he soon assumed a prominent position, and took a leading part in developing the interests of the town and county, and opening up avenues of communication with other portions of the country; he was one of the prime movers in the construction of the Peoria & Oquawka railroad, and was its first president; in 1847; he was elected a member of the State Constitutional Convention, and to Congress on the Whig ticket in 1852; he married Prudence H. Blish in 1840; who died childless in 1846; during the last years of his life he made number of very liberal donations to collegiate institutions; he died Oct 09, 1876. 

source: 1899 Historical Album of Illinois/Knox County, IL Page #873

Knox, James, was born July 04, 1807, in Montgomery County, New York,, and was the son of James and Nancy Ehle Knox.  He died October 09, 1876, at his home in Knoxville, Illinois, and was buried in the Knoxville Cemetery.  He studied at Hamilton Academy, in Madison County, New York, and entered Hamilton College in 1827, where he remained one year.  He matriculated at Yale University in 1828, and graduated in 1830. He then studied law with Maynard and Spencer, in Utica, New York, and was admitted to the Bar in 1833.  In 1836, he came to Knoxville and entered his brother's store, which he managed after the latter's death, in 1839.  He was member of the Constitutional Convention of 1848; and in 1852, and again in 1854, was elected to Congress as a Whig,  In Congress, he was Chairman of the Committee  on Roads and Canals.  He was public-spirited, and was the first President of the Peoria and Oquawka Railroad.  He bequeathed a large sum to found an agricultural school in Knoxville.  This money was to be available only in case $40,000 in addition should be subscribed in Knox County for the school.  As this was not done, the bequest reverted to Yale and Hamilton Colleges and To St. Mary's School.  His eyesight failing, he made several visits to Berlin for relief, in 1861, from 1865 to 1869, and again in 1872-73.  In 1840 he married Prudence H. Blish, who died in 1846, leaving no children.

James Knox is buried in the Knoxville Cemetery, Knox Twp., Knox County, Illinois. Photos below.

James Knox tombstone photo

Knox tombstones Knoxville cemetery Knoxvilee IL knox county Illlinois
James Knox born July 04 A. d. 1807 Died October 08, 1878 Knox tombstones under tree and back of cemetery at Knoxville Cemetery, Knoxville, IL


Prudence H. Blish wife of James Knox born in Connectict

March 26, 1822 died March 19th, 1846

James Knox born January 25, 1826 died September 15, 1854
Herman Knox born in Can, Co., NY June 12th, 1798 died May 08, 1841 Elizabeth Knox died Feb 07, 1899 aged 86 yrs.