Born into a Quaker family, Jonathan Knight was a highly respected architect in Pennsylvania, born November 22, 1787 the tenth child of Abel and Anna S. Knight; moved with parents to East Bethlehem, Washington County, Pa., in 1801; attended subscription schools; became a civil engineer; appointed by the State in 1816 to make and report on a map of Washington County; elected county commissioner and served three years; assisted in the preliminary surveys of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the national road between Cumberland, Md., and Wheeling, Va. (now West Virginia); member of the state House of Representatives 1822-1828; entered the service of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. and visited England to pursue further studies in engineering; upon his return in 1830 was appointed chief engineer of that company and served until 1842; engaged in agricultural pursuits; secretary of the first agricultural society organized in Washington County; elected as an American Party candidate to Congress, 1855-1857; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856, and election in 1858; retired to his farm in East Bethlehem where he died November 22, 1858; interred in West Land Cemetery, West Brownsville, Washington County. He married Ann Heston.
From History of the B&O Railroad; Portrait of Knight’s Survey of the Potomac Highlands, between Hancock and Cumberland, Maryland, 1820s. Knight is possibly depicted in the center.
Title: History of Washington County, Pennsylvania : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men / edited by Boyd Crumrine. Illustrated. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts and Co., 1882.
Author: Crumrine, Boyd, 1838-1916; Pg. 987