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Joseph Palmer Knapp

Joseph Palmer Knapp

Posted: 953812800000
Classification: Query
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Surnames: Knapp

I'm looking for biographical and genealogical information
on Joseph Palmer Knapp. Share and share alike. He lived on
Knotts or Mckay Island, Currituck Co, NC up until about
Cheers, Philip

Re: Joseph Palmer Knapp

Posted: 997324045000
Edited: 1004382517000
I am also looking for any and all information on Joseph Palmer Knapp and his family. Biographical, photos etc.

Re: Joseph Palmer Knapp

Posted: 997405092000
Edited: 997651189000
J. P. Knapp built a hunting lodge (club) on Makey Island, which is considered part of Knotts Island. I think his home was in New York. He is buried here in Currituck County. I know nothing about his genealogical background. Currituck was a benefactor of his great wealth. I'm sure the library here has biographical information. E-mail me and I will try to help you find what you need.

Re: Joseph Palmer Knapp

Posted: 1337980750000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Knapp
My former married name is Knapp. My sister in law (x) is Shelly Jo Knapp, her father was/is a Joseph Knapp. Last we knew he was in Texas. Wonder if there is some family relation's there?

Re: Joseph Palmer Knapp

Posted: 1345899342000
Classification: Query
There is a school named for Joseph P Knapp in Currituck, NC - I live in the area and know there is probably a bio of him since he was such a benefactor to Currituck Co - if you need my help let me know - also I emailed you earlier about a post of William Bailey you had on ancestry - I have found out he is a distant ancestor - my 9th great grandfather - any info on this I would appreciate. Thanks Doris Ann White Younts

Re: Joseph Palmer Knapp

Posted: 1345902251000
Classification: Query
JOSEPH PALMER KNAPP was born in Williamsburg Brooklyn NY May 14, 1864

Father: Joseph Fairchild Knapp 1832-1891. Mother: Phoebe Palmer Knapp 1839- 1908

Father was a partner of the lithograph firm Sarony Major & Knapp, Later Major & Knapp, Knapp Co. and a founding member & second president of Metropolitan Life Insurance

Mother wrote over 500 hymns including Blessed Assurance & Open The Gates Of The Temple

J P attended Wilson St School , Brooklyn Poly Tech & 1 year in 1881 at Columbia University.

Worked at father's firms of Major & Knapp & The Knapp Company and eventually purchased it from father in 1890 naming it the Joseph P Knapp Co in 1891

Married Sylvia Theresa Kepner in 1886 Two Children Were Born Of This Marriage : Claire Antoinette Knapp 1889 & Joseph Fairchild Knapp 1892.

Reputation grows as one of Americas top wing shots, fly fisherman, billiard player and golfer all through the late 1800's and well into the first decade of the new century.

1891 Became Partners with James B. Duke of NC in the NY Recorder Newspaper which Introduced COLOR to newspapers.

1892 Joins Metropolitan Life Insurance Board of Directors. Organized & Headed The First Printing Conglomerate AMERICAN LITHOGRAPHIC COMPANY (ALCO) 1892 - 1929. While heading ALCO helped develop many technological advances in printing and the use of Color printing including the Roto Gravure process. Took over publishing of Truth Magazine.

1894 Knapps become summer residents at Bellport LI NY. J P becomes one of the founders of the original Bellport Golf Course & Yacht Club.

1900 Became Partners With Thomas Lamont of J P Morgan Cp & renowned lawyer Samuel Unterneyer and starts publishing Associated Sunday Magazine THE FIRST SUNDAY NEWS MAGAZINE supplement offered to newspapers through the US.

1903 After a separation Sylvia T. Knapp intiiates divorce proceedings in Sioux Falls SD.

1905 Marries Elizabeth McIlwaine In Sioux Falls SD.

1906 Purchases the Crowell Co that includes two magazines Farm & Fireside & Woman's Home Companion & a printing plant in Springfield Oh.

1907 Becomes partners with Myron C Taylor in a joint venture to supply Pre Printed Postage Envelopes to US Govt.

1911 Adds AMERICAN MAGAZINE to The Crowell Company

1912 Purchases and personally funds at times Mentor Magazine, a publication designed to educate. Ceases publication in 1929 with onset of depression.

1914 Starts publishing Everyweek Magazine, ceases publication due to paper shortages during WW1. Enables the mutualization of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company by selling them his stock.

1917 Contributes To The WW1 War Effort through publication of many posters including the Iconic Uncle Sam Wants You. Donates Land, Hangers, Radio Equipment & Seaplanes to US Navy at His Mastic LI Estate. Both his son and step son Archie McIlwaine become Naval Aviators during the war.

1918 Purchases Collier's Weekly Magazine

1919 Purchases Mackay Island in Currituck NC. from old family friend Thomas Dixon and starts to build The Knapp Lodge which becomes his winter home until 1946.

1921 Starts To Get Involved With Helping The Currituck School System which Became A Life Long Project and Beyond. Gives a large part of his fortune to this cause. 1922 Elizabeth McIllwaine Knapp dies at the Knapp Summer Home in Southampton LI.

1923 Marries Margaret Rutledge at the Knapp Lodge in Currituck NC.

1924 Purchases control of The Sea Sled Boat Co of Connecticut which builds over 6,000 unique high quality mahogony boats under Knapp ownership until 1934 when the depression halts production.

1929 Sells American Lithographic Co, but retains ALCO GRAVURE. Starts The Knapp Foundations in both NY and NC that fund many philanthropic activities in both education and conservation. Also forms the conservation organization More Game Birds In America which eventually morphs into Ducks Unlimited in 1937.

1933 Presents The KNAPP Plan to US Govt to help alleviate the hardships of the depression. Does much on local levels in both NC and NY to help people cope.

1936 Starts THIS WEEK Magazine another Sunday News Magazine.

1937 Becomes Chairman Of THe Board of Crowell - Collier.

1946 Retires from business at age 82. Becomes interested in helping the N C Institute Of Govt at UNC.

1951 At age 86 Joseph Palmer Knapp dies in his sleep on Jan 31,1951 at his Riverhouse Apt in NYC. 400 attend his memorial service at St Thomas Cathedral. His remains are buried in Moyock, NC near his island home. His widow Margaret continues his work with the Knapp Foundation including overseeing the construction of the Knapp Building at UNC Chapel Hill that houses the Institute Of Govt.

1960 Margaret R Knapp dies and is buried along side Joseph P Knapp. The Knapp Foundation continues on till this day doing good work.
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