Charles L. Knapp

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Charles Luman Knapp

Charles Luman Knapp (July 4, 1847 – January 3, 1929) was an American politician from New York.


Born on a farm near Harrisburg, New York, Knapp attended the rural schools; Lowville (New York) Academy; and Irving Institute in Tarrytown, New York. He graduated from Rutgers College in 1869. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1873, and practiced in Lowville.

He was a member of the New York State Senate in 1886 and 1887. He was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison as consul general at Montreal in 1889, and remained on the post until September 1893, when he returned to Lowville and resumed the practice of law. He also engaged in banking.

Knapp was elected as a Republican to the 57th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Albert D. Shaw, and was re-elected to the 58th, 59th, 60th and 61st United States Congresses, holding office from November 5, 1901, to March 3, 1911. He was Chairman of the House Committee on Elections No. 1 (61st Congress).

He resumed the practice of law in Lowville, died there on January 3, 1929, and was buried at the Lowville Rural Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Charles L. Knapp (id: K000279)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
John I. Gilbert
New York State Senate
20th District

Succeeded by
George Z. Erwin
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Albert D. Shaw
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 24th congressional district

Succeeded by
George J. Smith
Preceded by
Sereno E. Payne
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 28th congressional district

Succeeded by
Luther W. Mott