Member Biography

Frank Manley Knapp 


Photo 1913-1914 Senate Composite, PSA; Pennsylvania-A History, Donehoo, Vol 6


Sessions Office Position District Party
1911-1912       48 Republican
1913-1914       48 Republican

COUNTIES: Venango, Warren  


06/29/1851 - 08/19/1928

Frank Manley Knapp (R48) Venango and Warren Counties 1911-1914

Early Life:

Frank Manley Knapp, born June 29, 1851, Lander, Farmington Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania; son of Thomas Manley and Lorinda Brown Knapp; public school education; Edinboro State Normal School; Jamestown Collegiate Institute;; studied law, Johnson and Lindsey admitted Warren County bar, 1875; Chairman, Republican County Committee, 1878-1888; first lieutenant, Company I, 16th Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, 1879-1886; elected, treasurer, Warren County, 1880-1883; school director, of Warren, nine years, councilman three years; elected, prothonotary of Warren County, 1898-1904; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1911-1914; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1924; married, Rosamond Ensworth daughter, Lucile Knapp DeLong; died, August 19, 1928 (aged 77), Warren, Warren County, Pennsylvania; interment, Oakland Cemetery, Pleasant Township, Warren County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

First lieutenant, Company I, 16th Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, 1880-1887; engaged, insurance business; engaged, furniture manufacturing oil production business, 1890; organized, first president, Warren Trust Company, 1902; president, Jacobson Machine Manufacturing Company, president, Abbott Motor Company, of Detroit, Michigan, vice-president, treasurer, Warren Table Works, secretary, Allegheny Foundry Company; secretary, treasurer, American Carbon Company; treasurer, secretary, Weston Carbon Company; secretary, treasurer, Southern Carbon Company; secretary, treasurer, Rock Run Carbon Company; president, Warren Furniture Company; president, Warren Gear Products Company; president, Warren National Bank; treasurer, secretary, Warren Lumber Company; treasurer, Ebony Carbon Company; vice president, director, Jamestown Oregon Lumber Company; organizer, director, Warren and Jamestown Street Railway Company

Pennsylvania Politics:

Chairman, Republican County Committee, 1878-1888.

Elected, county treasurer, Warren County 1880-1883.

School director, of Warren, nine years, councilman three years.

Elected, prothonotary of Warren County, 1898-1904.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 48th district, Venango and Warren Counties, 1911-1914; committee assignments, Appropriations, Corporations, Education, Forestry, Legislative Apportionment, Public Roads and Highways, Railroads.

Delegate, Republican National Convention, 1924.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members K"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1914). Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1091, 1097-1100, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 1071. 

Frank Manley Knapp (1851-1928) - Find a Grave Memorial