Robert McKnight

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Robert McKnight, during his time in Congress

Robert McKnight (January 20, 1820 – October 25, 1885) was a Republican United States Representative from Pennsylvania.

Robert McKnight was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools and a private school at Xenia, Ohio. He graduated from Princeton College in 1839.[1] He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1842 and entered into a partnership with Henry S. Magraw in Pittsburgh. McKnight was hired to be a solicitor for the Bank of Pittsburgh in 1846.[2] He was a city councilman from 1847 to 1849.

Robert McKnight, in later years

McKnight was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses. He served his district during the American Civil War.

After his final term in 1863, he resumed the practice of his profession and died in Pittsburgh in 1885. Interment was in Allegheny Cemetery.[3]

Early Pittsburgh Pirates owner Denny McKnight was his son.


  1. ^ "McKnight, Robert (1820-1885)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Justham, Kristin. "Robert McKnight Diaries Finding Aid". Archive Service Center, University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "McKnight, Robert (1820-1885)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 8 April 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel A. Purviance
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 22nd congressional district

Succeeded by
James K. Moorhead