Bradford pictured in The Glomerata 1929, Auburn yearbook
|President of the Auburn University|
|Preceded by||Spright Dowell|
|Succeeded by||Luther Duncan|
|President of the
Texas Tech University
|Preceded by||Paul W. Horn|
|Succeeded by||Clifford B. Jones|
December 24, 1870|
|Died||June 11, 1938
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
Bradford Knapp was born in Vinton, Iowa on December 24, 1870 to Seaman A. Knapp. 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. In 1909, he worked as an assistant for his father in the Bureau of Plant Industry of the United States Department of Agriculture. From 1911 to 1915, he took up his father's position as Chief of Farm Demonstration Work. In 1915, he became Chief of Southern Extension Work for the States Relations Service of the USDA.
In 1920, he became Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas. From 1923 to 1928, he served as President of the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College. 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. 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.