From a farmer boy to the presidency of one of the great financial institutions of the inter-mountain empire, is
the record of Frank Knox, president of the National Bank of the Republic, of Salt Lake City. Born at Washington,
Iowa, March 25, 1857, his early life was spent on a farm, his father being a farmer and stock raiser. His parents
were of English-Scotch descent. Both his maternal and paternal grandfathers fought in the Revolutionary War and
the War of 1812, and distinguished themselves for bravery and gallantry.
Frank Knox began life, as said, upon a farm. During the winter months he attended the district school and later
entered an academy in his native town, where he studied for two years. Then he was tendered a position in the First
National Bank of Washington, Iowa, which he accepted, and in 1878 he was promoted to be bookkeeper. One of the
directors of the bank, John Bryson, of Chicago, then tendered Mr. Knox the superintendency of his extensive lumber
interests in Kansas, a handsome salary being attached to the position, and Mr. Knox accepted it. Later he purchased
an interest in the business which he retained until 1882, when the firm sold out their Kansas yards. Then Mr. Knox
was tendered and accepted the position of assistant cashier of the First National Bank of his native town. He was
soon after promoted to be cashier. In 1885 he resigned his position and went to Osborne, Kansas, where he organized
the First National Bank of that place, becoming manager and cashier, which position he held until 1889, when he
sold his interests and removed to Salt Lake City.
In 1890 he organized the National Bank of the Republic of Salt Lake City of which he has, since its organization,
been president. The National Bank of the Republic carries the largest deposits of any National Bank in Utah. It
is a government depository.
Mr. Knox is largely interested in mining in Utah and Nevada. He is a member of and vice president of the American
Bankers Association, and is regarded as among the leading bankers and financiers of the country. He is a member
of the Alta and Commercial Clubs of Salt Lake City.
Mr. Knox has never held political office. He was nominated by the Republicans for mayor of Salt Lake City in 1903,
but was defeated by his Democratic opponent. He was married in 1882 to Miss May Grathey, daughter of George and
Margaret Grathey of Morris, Ill. Two sons were born to them, both living. Mr. Knox resides in a handsome home on
the corner of East First South Street and Fourth East Street, Salt Lake City.
Sketches of the Inter-Mountain States
1847 - 1909
Utah Idaho Nevada
Published by: The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah 1909
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