Born in Colchester, New York, Charles Knapp was educated at home and later attended the common schools. He farmed and worked as a school teacher before starting a career as a merchant in 1825. Knapp was later active in several other ventures, including a lumber mill and a tannery.
Knapp was elected Colchester's Town Supervisor and a member of the Delaware County Board of Supervisors in 1830, 1835 and 1836. Originally a Democrat affiliated with the Martin Van Buren organization, Knapp served in the New York State Assembly in 1841.
He moved to Deposit, New York, in 1848. In 1854 he organized a privately owned bank, the Knapp Bank, of which he served as president. He changed his political affiliation to the Republican Party when the party was organized in the mid-1850s.
He was not a candidate for renomination in 1870 and resumed his banking and business interests.
Knapp died in Deposit on May 14, 1880. He was interred in Laurel Bank Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "Charles Knapp (id: K000277)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Charles Knapp at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
William C. Fields
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 19th congressional district
Elizur H. Prindle
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