KNIGHT, Jonathan (1787-1858)

KNIGHT, JONATHAN, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Bucks County, Pa., November 22, 1787; moved with his parents to East Bethlehem, Washington County, Pa., in 1801; attended the common schools; became a civil engineer; appointed by the State in 1816 to make and report on a map of Washington County; elected county commissioner and served three years; assisted in the preliminary surveys of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the national road between Cumberland, Md., and Wheeling, Va. (now West Virginia); member of the State house of representatives 1822-1828; entered the service of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. and visited England to pursue further studies in engineering; upon his return in 1830 was appointed chief engineer of that company and served until 1842; engaged in agricultural pursuits; secretary of the first agricultural society organized in Washington County; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress and for election in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress; resumed agricultural pursuits near East Bethlehem, Pa.; died November 22, 1858; interment in West Land Cemetery, near West Brownsville, Washington County, Pa.

Northwestern University
Northwestern University Library, Special Collections
Evanston, IL
Papers: Letters, 1826-1858, 33 items.
Collection is typed carbon copies of letters to Nathan and Ann Knight Whealdon.


Duke University Library
Durham, NC
Papers: In the U.S. Representatives' papers, 1772-1946, 688 items.
Collection includes 35 items related to Jonathan Knight. Card index in library.


Yale University
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In the autograph collection of William Smith Mason, 1800-1929, .25 linear foot (1 box).
Collection contains copies of letters of the Jonathan Knight family.

  • Knight, Jonathan. Report upon the locomotive engines and the police and management of several of the principal rail roads in the northern and middle states. Baltimore: Printed by Lucas & Deaver, 1838.