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Erastus C. Knight

Erastus C. Knight
Portrait of Erastus C. Knight
Mayor of Buffalo
In office
1902–1905
Preceded by Conrad Diehl
Succeeded by James N. Adam
New York State Comptroller
In office
1901
Preceded by Theodore P. Gilman
Succeeded by Nathan L. Miller
Personal details
Born March 1, 1857
Buffalo, New York
Died September 3, 1923(1923-09-03) (aged 66)
New York City
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Elizabeth Cowles
Children six children

Erastus Cole Knight (March 1, 1857 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York – September 3, 1923 in New York City) was an American businessman and politician.

Life

He attended Public School 16 and 14, and graduated from Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo. Afterwards, he worked for the Bell Brothers wholesale produce house, and went on the road as a salesman for them. The produce business interested Knight and he founded Knight, Lennox & Co. with William C. Lennox in 1880. On May 14, 1881, he married Mary Elizabeth Cowles, and their daughter was Gertrude Knight who married Assemblyman Herbert B. Shonk (1881–1930).

After dissolving the partnership with Lennox in 1887, Knight established a real estate and insurance business. In 1892 he formed with Oliver A. Jenkins the construction company of Jenkins & Knight. Knight was also a partner in the firm Sloan, Cowles & Co., proprietors of excursion steamers and summer resorts.

He entered politics as a Republican and was a supervisor of Buffalo from 1889 to 1894, and was Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in the latter year. He was Buffalo City Comptroller from 1895 to 1900, re-elected in 1898 on the Democratic ticket.

He was Mayor of Buffalo in November 1900, and was elected, serving from 1902 to 1905. He was an alternate delegate to the 1904 Republican National Convention. He did not seek re-election and returned to his private business.

In 1903 he had opened a coal company with his brother George, the E. C. & G. L. Knight Company. In 1905, he organized the Isle of Pines Company, a fruit exporting business, and became its President.

In 1920 he moved to New York City. In August 1923 he fell and broke his hip. He never fully recovered from it, and although surgery was tried, it was unsuccessful. On September 3, 1923, Knight died at his home in the Hotel Pennsylvania, and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo.

Sources

  • The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Knight at politicalgraveyard.com Political Graveyard
  • [1] Buffalo election, in NYT on November 6, 1901
  • [2] His resignation as Comptroller, in NYT on December 29, 1901
  • The Mayor's of Buffalo, New York -Erastus C. Knight at www.buffalonian.com Mayors of Buffalo, at The Buffalonian
Political offices
Preceded by
Theodore P. Gilman
New York State Comptroller
1901
Succeeded by
Nathan L. Miller
Preceded by
Conrad Diehl
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
1902–1905
Succeeded by
James N. Adam
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