Robert M. Knapp

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(April 21, 1831 — June 24, 1889) Robert McCarty Knapp was an American lawyer and politician. Knapp was born in New York City in 1831, and moved to Illinois in 1839 with his parents. He attended the Kentucky Military Institute, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1855. Knapp served in the State House of Representatives in 1867, and as mayor of Jerseyville for five years from 1871 to 1876. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives and served from March 4, 1873 to March 3, 1875. He was not reelected for the Forty-Fourth Congress in 1874, but was later elected to the Forty-Fifth Congress, where is served from 1877 to 1879. After serving in Congress, Knapp returned to Jerseyville and resumed practicing law until his death in 1889. [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at]

Member of Illinois Delegation—The Civil Rights Act of 1875.

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