KNOWLTON, CHARLES FRANCIS. - Born in Fayette county, Ohio, May 18, 1854. Son of Samuel and Julia A. Knowlton.
Parents American born and of English descent. First ancestors came to America in 1700, and settled at Farmington,
Maine. Grandfather Knowlton was one of the early settlers in Warren county, Ohio, and Grandfather Hadley came from
North Carolina and, was one of the earliest settlers in Clinton county, Ohio. Mr. Knowlton was educated in the
Iowa Wesleyan University, receiving the degree of B. S. in 1873, and M. S. in 1876. Was traveling correspondent
for the Burlington Hawkeye in 1874 and 1875; began reading law with Laffarty & Johnson, of Oskaloosa, Iowa,
and continued through 1976 and 1877; was made city attorney of New Sharon, Iowa, in 1878 and 1879; was junior member
of the firm of Hancock & Knowlton in Cincinnati from 1880 to 1888, came to Chicago in that year from Cincinnati
and has been engaged in the real estate business ever since. His father started the first soap and candle factory
in Cincinnati, aided in building the first railroad there, and rode on the first train that ever left that city;
is now a retired farmer in Mahaska county, Iowa, and was for many years member of the board of supervisors of that
county; is one of the first 32nd degree Masons of Ohio. Subject of sketch was a delegate to the national convention
of Phi Delta Theta in 1873. He organized several leading building associations in Cincinnati. In religion he is
a Methodist, and an active republican in politics. Was married in 1867 to Miss Anna M. Arnold, who died in 1887.
Has two children, PrentissJ. and Clarence A. Is at the present time a director and secretary of the highland cemetery.
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