Bradford Knapp

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Bradford Knapp
Bradford Knapp.jpg
Bradford pictured in The Glomerata 1929, Auburn yearbook
President of the Auburn University
In office
Preceded by Spright Dowell
Succeeded by Luther Duncan
President of the
Texas Tech University
In office
Preceded by Paul W. Horn
Succeeded by Clifford B. Jones
Personal details
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 Keep from Breaking Down: How the New Deal Kept 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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