Biography of Dr. William A. Knowlton
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

WILLIAM AMHERST KNOWLTON, M. D. One of the prominent physicians and surgeons of Cleveland, with home on Warner Road, Doctor Knowlton is a native of Cuyahoga County, and represents a family that has supplied a number of names to the medical profession in Northern Ohio.

His grandfather, Dr. W. A. Knowlton, came from New Brunswick to Ohio, and was a pioneer physician at Brecksville. He did his practice in the early days, and performed much of his riding about the country on horseback. He remained a resident of Brecksville until his death. His wife was a Miss Haskell, and they reared six children, named Augustus, William A., Albert, Ellen, Caroline and Charlotte. Augustus practiced medicine at Royalton and later at Berea, Ohio, until his death, and William A. also followed the profession of medicine, but is now retired and spends his winters in Florida. He is a veteran of the Civil war.

Rev. Albert W. Knowlton, father of Dr. William Amherst Knowlton, graduated from Adelbert College at Cleveland, later from the Lane Theological Seminary of New York, and was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in that city. He subsequently located at Strongville in Cuyahoga County, where he built a beautiful home, occupied by the family for some years. He died at the age of eighty one. His wife was Jemina Hawes Wight, a lineal descendant of Lord Sanderson Wight, of the well known family of that name on the Isle of Wight. She reached the age of eightyseven. The children of Rev. Albert W. Knowlton and wife were: Janet, Albert, William Amherst, Edgar H., Naomi and Jessie. The daughter Janet has made a notable record in educational circles. She graduated from the Woman's College at Zanesville, and for ten years taught in Tuskegee College, and from there went west to the Pacific Coast. The daughter Jessie married A. B. Strong, of Los Angeles.

Dr. William Amherst Knowlton was born at Strongville in Cuyahoga County, acquired his early education in public schools, and then entered Wooster University at Wooster, Ohio, where he pursued the classical course for two years and then entered the Medical School, graduating Doctor of Medicine in 1895. Doctor Knowlton for twenty nine years has practiced medicine and surgery, and since 1916 has been a resident of Cleveland, where he enjoys an extensive general practice. He is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine.

He married in 1904 Miss Effie Dyer, who was born at Cambridge, Ohio, daughter of William and Margaret Dyer. She died in 1916, and in 1918 Doctor Knowlton married Miss Pauline Smith, a native of Cleveland, daughter of Charles and Sophie Smith.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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