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McKnight, Sr., Henry Turney

Senate 1963-66 (District 31); Senate 1967-70 (District 33)

Party when first elected:  Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus

Counties Served:  Hennepin

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Date of Birth: 4/2/1913
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Birth County: Hennepin
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 12/30/1972
Gender: Male
Religion: Episcopalian
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Wayzata
Occupation (when first elected): Vice President, S.T. McKnight Company

EDUCATION

Blake High School, Minneapolis; Secondary; Graduate
St. Paul's School, Concord, New Hampshire; Secondary;
Yale University; B.A.; History, 1936

OTHER GOVERNMENT SERVICE

State Board/Commission/Council: Minnesota Historical Society (Trustee); 19?? to 19??
County Board/Commissioner: Hennepin County, Minnesota (Park Board Member); 19?? to 19??
Military: United States Navy (World War II, Pacific Theatre, Rocket Ship Lieutenant Commander, Bronze Star Recipient); 1941 to 1945
U.S. Executive Branch: United States National Agricultural Advisory Commission (Appointed by President Eisenhower); 1952 to 1960 [Appointed]

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Spouse: 1st Wife; Grace Carter Lindley (remarried, separated before his death)
Children: Five children: Henry "H." Turney Jr., and Sumner T. II (sons), and Christina A. (daughter); Clarkson (stepson) and Kristine (stepdaughter)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:
Sumner T. McKnight  - Father

GENERAL NOTES

"State Sen. Henry T. McKnight, Woodland Conservative..." ("McKnight to Step Down as Legislator." Minneapolis Star, December 4, 1969)

He was a Regent at Augsburg College.

The Henry T. McKnight Tower in Minneapolis, Minnesota was named after him.

He underwent surgery for a brain tumor in November 1972.

He died at the University of Minnesota Hospitals in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. His funeral was held at the Cathedral Church of Saint Mark (Episcopal) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was buried in Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He was a member of St. Martin's by the Lake Episcopal Church.

Religion provided by the Minneapolis Tribune, January 5, 1973.

He was the developer of the new town of Jonathan and of the Cedar-Riverside area of Minneapolis.

Total Days Served: 2919

SESSIONS SERVED

66th Legislative Session (1969-1970) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 33
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Wayzata
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: President, Jonathan Development Corp.
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "State Sen. Henry T. McKnight, Woodland Conservative…" ("McKnight to Step Down as Legislator." Minneapolis Star, December 4, 1969)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Commerce
  • Finance
  • Local Government
  • Public Domain
  • Public Highways

65th Legislative Session (1967-1968)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 33
Elected: 11/8/1966
Residence: Wayzata
Term of Office: 1/3/1967 to 1/4/1971
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: None Listed
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus Party Notes: "State Sen. Henry T. McKnight, Woodland Conservative…" ("McKnight to Step Down as Legislator." Minneapolis Star, December 4, 1969)
Committees:
  • Agriculture
  • Commerce
  • Finance
  • Local Government
  • Public Domain
  • Public Highways

64th Legislative Session (1965-1966) (second half of Senate term)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 31
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Wayzata
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: None Listed
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Cities of the First Class
  • Commerce
  • Game and Fish
  • Labor
  • Public Domain

63rd Legislative Session (1963-1964)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 31
Elected: 11/6/1962
Residence: Wayzata
Term of Office: 1/8/1963 to 1/2/1967
Counties Represented: Hennepin
Occupation: Vice President, S.T. McKnight Company
Party: Nonpartisan Election-Conservative Caucus
Committees:
  • Cities of the First Class
  • Commerce
  • Game and Fish
  • Labor
  • Public Domain