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Pennsylvania State Senate

Jesse W Knight


Session Position District Party
1871 6 Democrat
1873 7 Democrat
 Counties   Bucks, Northampton


1823 - 1912

Jesse W. Knight, miller from Bristol, Bucks County was born in Philadelphia September 15, 1823, the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Wilson) Knight. His father, also a miller, served in the state House of Representatives in 1832; Jesse was an associate judge and justice of the peace; educated at the Philadelphia academy; apprenticed as and became a miller in New Hope, Bucks County, moving to Bristol in 1837, and in 1841 accepted the position of superintendent of the large mill of John Dominée. After seven years he entered a partnership with a Mr. Dorrance for 10 years; was elected to the state House in 1860 and the state Senate in 1870.  He served as director of the poor and a member of the Bristol town council.  Senator Knight married (1) Elizabeth Adair, who died in 1808; and (2) Sally Fenton. He was a member of the Society of Friends; a Royal Arch Mason; and a member of the Knights of Pythias.  He died on November 19, 1912.
From Bucks Co. Gazette, Bristol, Nov. 20, 1912