John Knight (judge)

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John Knight (April 29, 1871 in Arcade, Wyoming County, New York – June 15, 1955) was an American lawyer and politician from New York. He was President pro tempore of the New York State Senate from 1925 to 1931, and was later a United States federal judge.

Life[edit]

Knight graduated A.B. from the University of Rochester in 1893, then studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1896. He was Town Clerk of Arcade from 1892 to 1896. He was in private practice in Arcade from 1896 to 1900, and was a Referee in Bankruptcy for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York from 1899 to 1904. He was District Attorney of Wyoming County from 1904 to 1913.

Knight was a member of the New York State Assembly (Wyoming Co.) in 1913, 1914, 1915 and 1916; and was Chairman of the Committee on Codes in 1915, and Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary in 1916.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (44th D.) from 1917 to 1931, sitting in the 140th, 141st, 142nd, 143rd, 144th, 145th, 146th, 147th, 148th, 149th, 150th, 151st, 152nd, 153rd and 154th New York State Legislatures; and was President pro tempore from 1925 to 1931. He was an alternate delegate to the 1924 Republican National Convention and a delegate to the 1928 Republican National Convention.

On March 30, 1931,[1] Knight received a recess appointment from President Herbert Hoover to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of New York vacated by John R. Hazel. Formally nominated on December 15, 1931, Knight was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 6, 1932, and received his commission on January 9, 1932. He served as chief judge from 1948 until his death in 1955.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ HOOVER PUTS KNIGHT ON FEDERAL BENCH in the New York Times on March 31, 1931 (subscription required)


New York Assembly
Preceded by
Henry A. Pierce
New York State Assembly
Wyoming Co.

1913–1916
Succeeded by
Bert P. Gage
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Archie D. Sanders
New York State Senate
44th District

1917–1931
Succeeded by
Joe R. Hanley
Political offices
Preceded by
Jimmy Walker
President pro tempore of the New York State Senate
1925–1931
Succeeded by
George R. Fearon