Biography of Hosea M. Knowlton
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Knowlton, Hosea Morrill, was born in Durham, Me., May 20, 1847, and is the eldest son of Rev. Isaac Case Knowlton, D. D., and Mary S. Wellington, his wife. He is a direct descendant of Capt. William Knowlton, who sailed from London to Nova Scotia in 1632-4, but died en route, his widow and three sons, John, William and Thomas, continuing the voyage and finally settling in Ipswich, Mass. Mr. Knowlton's ancestor is William, who served in King Philip's war. Rev. Isaac Case Knowlton was born at Liberty, Me., September 6, 1819, and died at West Acton, Mass., March 23, 1894. He was a self educated man and spent fifty years in the ministry, receiving the degree of D. D. from Tufts College in 1889. Besides numerous articles published in magazines, etc., he was the author of a "History of Calais, Maine," 1873, and "Through the Shadows," 1885. His wife, Mary Smith Wellington, was descended from Keneim Winslow, brother of Governor Winslow, and also from Rev. Thomas Smith, pastor of the First church in Portland, Me. Hosea M. Knowlton's early life was an itinerant one. He attended the High Schools of Oldtown and Bangor, Me., and Keene, N. H., and Powers Institute at Bernardston, Mass., and was graduated from Tufts College in 1867. He studied one year in the Harvard Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1870. He shortly afterward opened an office in New Bedford, where he has since practiced with eminent success. In 1872 he was appointed register in bankruptcy for the First District in Massachusetts, which office he held until it was abolished in 1878. He was a member of the New Bedford School Committee from 1874 to 1877, city solicitor in 1877, representative to the Legislature in 1876-77, State senator in 1878-79, and district attorney for the Southern District of Massachusetts from 1879 to January 1, 1894, when he resigned to take the office of attorney general of the State, to which position he was elected in the fall of 1893; he has been five times reelected, an eloquent testimonial of his fitness for the trust, and is still in office. Mr. Knowlton was one of the incorporators and a member of the board of directors of the Edison Electric Light Co. of New Bedford until its consolidation with the New Bedford Gas Co. He has been a director of the Citizens' National Bank of New Bedford since 1884; a trustee of Tufts College since 1878 and is now vice president of its board; a trustee of St. Luke's Hospital, New Bedford, since 1896; and has been a member of the Universalist Society since 1872, its treasurer, since 1875, and the superintendent of its Sunday school since 1874. Mr. Knowlton is one of the ablest members of the Massachusetts bar, and as a citizen and public officer is universally respected and esteemed. On May 22, 1873, he married Miss Sylvia Bassett Almy, daughter of Benjamin and Sophia Almy. Mrs. Knowlton possesses those elements of character which distinguish her as a woman of marked intelligence and ability. She is a graduate of the New Bedford High School and Bridgewater Normal School, and taught school for a year before her marriage. She has been a member of the New Bedford School Committee for five years: has been a director of the New Bedford Choral Association six years and was its vice president; has been vice president of the Woman's Club since its organization, secretary of the New Bedford Volunteer Aid Association, and is a visitor to St. Luke's Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Knowlton have seven children: John Wellington. born February 28, 1874; Abby Almy, born March 30, 1876; Frank Warren, born August 16, 1878; Edward Allen, born April 16, 1883; Helen Sophia, born August 1, 1885; Sylvia Prescott, born May 29, 1890; and Benjamin Almy, born June 13, 1892, all living.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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