Bradford Knapp

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Bradford Knapp
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Bradford pictured in The Glomerata 1929, Auburn yearbook
President of the Auburn University
Term 1928 – 1933
Predecessor Spright Dowell
Successor Luther Duncan
President of the Texas Tech University
Term 1932 – 1938
Predecessor Paul W. Horn
Successor Clifford B. Jones
Born (1870-12-24)December 24, 1870
Vinton, Iowa
Died June 11, 1938(1938-06-11) (aged 67)
Lubbock, Texas
Alma mater University of Michigan

Bradford Knapp (December 24, 1870 – June 11, 1938) was the President of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now known as Auburn University from 1928 to 1933.[1]


Bradford Knapp was born in Vinton, Iowa on December 24, 1870 to Seaman A. Knapp.[1] In 1899, he attended Iowa State College and graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 1892. In 1894, he attended Georgetown University and received a B.L. from the University of Michigan in 1896.[1] In 1909, he worked as an assistant for his father in the Bureau of Plant Industry of the United States Department of Agriculture.[1] From 1911 to 1915, he took up his father's position as Chief of Farm Demonstration Work.[1] In 1915, he became Chief of Southern Extension Work for the States Relations Service of the USDA.[1]

In 1920, he became Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas.[1] From 1923 to 1928, he served as President of the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College.[1] He served as the President of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute, now known as Auburn University from 1928 to 1933, of Texas Technological College from 1933 to 1938.[1] At Tech, he enlisted assistance from several New Deal programs to build dormitories, pave streets, add a golf course and swimming pool, and to revitalize and landscape the campus, located on a semi-arid steppe. Knapp Hall is named in his honor.[2]

He served on the National Council of Boy Scouts, the federal Farm Board, and the National Economic League.[1] He wrote for the Progressive Farmer.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Auburn biography
  2. ^ Sarah J. Barwinkel, "Breaking Ground to Kee from Breaking Down: How the New Deal Kep the Texas Tech Campus Moving Forward in the 1930s", West Texas Historical Association, annual meeting in Fort Worth, February 26, 2010

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