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Charles Landon Knight
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1923
Preceded by Martin L. Davey
Succeeded by Martin L. Davey
Personal details
Born (1867-06-18)June 18, 1867
Milledgeville, Georgia
Died September 26, 1933(1933-09-26) (aged 66)
Akron, Ohio
Resting place Rose Hill Burial Park
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Clara Irene Shively
Children John Shively Knight
James Landon Knight
Alma mater Vanderbilt University
Columbia University Law School
Profession newspaper publisher

Charles Landon Knight (June 18, 1867 – September 26, 1933) was an American lawyer and newspaper publisher who represented Ohio in the United States House of Representatives from 1921-1923. His sons built his newspaper business into what would become Knight Ridder.

Early life

Born near Milledgeville, Georgia, "C.L." graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1889 and from Columbia University Law School in 1890. He was admitted to the bar in 1892 and commenced practice at Bluefield, West Virginia.

Journalism and politics

Knight joined the Philadelphia Times in 1896 and remained until 1900. In 1903, Knight purchased the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio.

According to his obituary in The New York Times, "Mr. Knight was well known for his opposition to the Taft nomination in 1912, the election of Woodrow Wilson, America's entry into the World War, the country's proposed membership in the League of Nations and prohibition."

He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Ohio in 1916 and 1924. He was the Representative from Ohio 14th District, from 1921 to 1923.

In 1922, Knight ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Ohio.


Knight died in 1933 and is buried in Akron, Ohio. His son, John S. Knight inherited the Beacon Journal in 1933; with his brother James L. Knight, the two expanded their media holdings significantly. To honor the memory of their father, the brothers established the Knight Memorial Education Fund in 1940 to provide financial aid to college students from the Akron area. The fund existed until December 1950 when its assets of $9,047 were transferred to the newly created Knight Foundation. John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, "dedicated to promotion of journalistic causes".


Knight married Clara Irene Shively of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1893. They had two sons, John Shively Knight and James Landon Knight.

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