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Anthony L. and Henrietta E. Knapp Papers

Identifier: BC388


Democratic member of the U.S. Congress from Jerseyville, Illinois, elected in the fall of 1861 to replace John A. McClernand. Served in the 37th and 38th Congresses (1861-1865), practiced law in Chicago, Jerseyville, and Springfield. Married his cousin Henrietta E. Knapp on November 24, 1863, and had one surviving son Anthony Wheeler. Knapp also served in the Illinois state senate from 1859-1862.

Collection consists of diaries, a speech and several letters. The diaries kept by Anthony L. Knapp are dated 1862-1863, 1877, 1880-1881. Henrietta Knapp’s diaries are dated 1855-1857, 1862-1864, 1866-1873, 1876-1878, 1880 and 1892. Congressman Knapp gave a speech titled “The Constitution and the Union: Maintain the One to Preserve the Other” on “The Policy and Objects of the War” in the House of Representative on June 5, 1862. His letters are dated May-June 1864. Topics include Knapp’s service in Congress, Washington social and political activities, family life and trips to Deposit, New York, and Henrietta’s family home.


  • 1855 - 1892


.42 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)

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