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army officer

John Thornton Knight, American army officer. member General Staff Corps, 1908-1910.

Background

Knight, John Thornton was born on April 18, 1861 in at “Poplar Hill,” Prince Edward Company, Virginia, United States. Son of John Hughes and Cornelia (Bland) Knight.

Education

Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1884, Army War College, 1910.

Career

General Young, of the United States Army, September 2, 1886. Children—Alice Margaret, Sam Young, John Thornton, O’Ferrall, Alexander. Commissioned Second lieutenant 3d Cavalry, June 15, 1884.

Promoted through grades to brigadier general, assistant to quartermaster general, March 8, 1923. Duty with Virginia National Guard, 1894-1896. Quartermaster in charge construction new post at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, 1897-1898.

Depot quartermaster, Santiago, Cuba, 1898, also chief quartermaster Department of Santiago, until June 1899. In Philippines, 1899-1900. Duty in office Question Manager General, Washington, 1906-1908.

Member General Staff Corps, 1908-1910. Duty in office Question Manager General, 1910-1912. Depot quartermaster and general superintendent army transport service, San Francisco, 1912-1914.

Chief quartermaster Philippine Department, Manila, 1914-1916. General superintendent army transport service, San Francisco, 1916-1917. Quartermaster Port of Embarkation, Newport News, Virginia, August 1917-September 23, 1918.

Quartermaster, Brest, France, Base Section 5, October 1918 February 1919. Assistant to chief quartermaster and as chief quartermaster American Expeditionary Force, Tours and Paris, February-September 26, 1919. Assistant to commanding officer, Army Supply Base, Norfolk, Virginia, 1919 to 1920.

Chief of Construction Service, O.Q.M.G., Washington, District of Columbia, March 1923-April 18, 1925 (retired). Christian Scientist.

Membership

Member General Staff Corps, 1908-1910.

Connections

Married Edith, d.; children: Alice Margaret, Sam Young, John Thornton, O’Ferrall, Alexander.

father:
John Hughes Knight

mother:
Cornelia (Bland) Knight

spouse:
Edith

children:
Alice Margaret Knight

Sam Young Knight

John Thornton Knight

O’Ferrall Knight

Alexander Knight