James Knox (Illinois politician)

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James Knox (July 4, 1807 - October 8, 1876) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born in Canajoharie, New York, Knox attended Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, and was graduated from Yale College in 1830. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Utica, New York. He moved to Illinois in 1836 and settled in Knoxville, Illinois, Knox County, Illinois. He continued the practice of law. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1847.

Knox was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third Congress and reelected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857). He served as chairman of the Committee on Roads and Canals (Thirty-fourth Congress). He continued the practice of law until his death in Knoxville, Illinois, October 8, 1876. He was interred in City Cemetery.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard S. Molony
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
William Kellogg