Biography and History

Robert McKnight, born in Pittsburgh, was a congressman from Pennsylvania. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1839, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1842, and commenced practice in Pittsburgh. McKnight was city councilman from 1847 to 1849 and was elected as a Republican representative to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); later he resumed the practice of his profession.

Source: From the finding aid for C1124

  • Robert McKnight Collection. 1841-1876 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C1124

    Consists chiefly of correspondence to and miscellaneous essays and notes written by Robert McKnight, a member of the Princeton Class of 1839 and, later, a Pennsylvania congressman.