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  


1851 - 1928

Born in Farmington Township, Warren County, June 29, 1851, to Thomas Manley and Lorinda (Brown) Knapp of Erie and Chautauqua Counties New York; educated in public schools, Jamestown Collegiate Institute; Edinboro State Normal school; studied law and was admitted to the Warren County bar in 1875. He was elected county treasurer, 1880-1883;  pursued the insurance business; and in 1890, entered dual occupations in furniture manufacturing and the oil production business; elected prothonotary of Warren County, 1897-1904; organized and served as first president of the Warren Trust Company, 1902; president, Warren Furniture Co. and for 20 years the president of the Warren Gear Products Co.; president of the Warren National Bank; treasurer and secretary, Weston Carbon Company and Warren Lumber Co.; treasurer, Ebony Carbon Co.; vice president and director of the Jamestown Oregon Lumber Co. He served as chair of the Republican County Committee and delegate to the 1924 Republican National Convention.  Frank served as a first lieutenant, Company I, 16th Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, 1880-1887; and a member of numerous civic and fraternal organizations. He married Rosamond Ensworth. Senator Knapp died on August 19, 1928.