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The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans: Volume VI
Page 279


 KNIGHT, Stephen Albert, manufacturer, was born in Cranston, R.I., June 5, 1828; son of Stephen and Welthan (Brayton) Knight. He removed with his parents to Coventry, R.I., in 1835, and was employed in a cotton mill, 1835-46. He became a clerk in a Providence grocery store in 1847 and in 1849 engaged with Parker & Knight at Arnold's Bridge as overseer of the spinning-room. He attended Fruit Hill academy in 1850, and in 1853, with his brothers Benjamin B. and Robert, purchased the cotton mill property at Hebronville, Mass. He was married, May 5, 1851, to Ellen, daughter of Zachariah and Eliza Parker of Pontiac, R.I. In 1866 he removed to Providence as agent of the Hebron Manufacturing company, which in that year had purchased the Dodgeville mills. In 1868 he purchased a fourth interest in the Grant mill in Providence, and in 1870, on the death of his father-in-law, Zachariah Parker, the Hebron Manufacturing company became owner of the entire property, Mr. Knight [p.279] being agent, the business forming a part of the system of B. B. & R. Knight. In 1899 he was elected president of the Hebron Manufacturing company. He was director on the board of government of the New England Cotton Manufacturers' association, 1895-98, and president of that association, 1898-99.



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