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Knapp, Joseph Fairchild

Edward L. Lach, Jr.

in American National Biography Online

Published online September 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Knapp, Joseph Fairchild (01 July 1832–14 September 1891), insurance company executive, was born in New York City, the son of William E. Knapp, occupation unknown, and Antoinette Chichester Knapp. His father died when Knapp was young, and with the financial assistance of an uncle, Knapp attended a boarding school in North Adams, Massachusetts. He entered the business world in 1848 with Sarony & Majors, a lithography firm in New York City. Knapp became a partner in the firm in 1854, and on 26 May 1855 he married Phoebe Palmer in Brooklyn, New York. They had three children. When Napoleon Sarony withdrew from the business to concentrate on the emerging field of photography in 1863, the firm was reorganized as Major & Knapp; it eventually became one of the most successful lithographic firms in the country. In 1888 Knapp became sole owner of the firm and took his son Joseph P. Knapp into partnership with him in the newly restyled Knapp & Company....

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Subjects: Insurance

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