KNAPP, Charles Luman, (1847 - 1929)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

KNAPP, Charles Luman, a Representative from New York; born on a farm near Harrisburg, Lewis County, N.Y., July 4, 1847; attended the rural schools, Lowville (N.Y.) Academy, and Irving Institute, Tarrytown, N.Y.; was graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, N.J., in 1869; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1873 and commenced practice in Lowville, N.Y.; served in the State senate 1886 and 1887; appointed by President Harrison as consul general at Montreal in 1889 and served until September 1893, when he returned to Lowville and resumed the practice of law; also engaged in banking; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Albert D. Shaw; reelected to the Fifty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from November 5, 1901, to March 3, 1911; chairman, Committee on Elections No. 1 (Sixty-first Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1910; resumed the practice of law in Lowville, N.Y.; died in Lowville, N.Y., January 3, 1929; interment in the Rural Cemetery.