Julius W. Knowlton
COL. JULIUS W. KNOWLTON, BRIDGEPORT: Postmaster.
Julius W. Knowlton was born in Southbridge, Mass.,
November 28, 1838. He is the son of William S. Knowlton, and traces his
American ancestry to Thomas Knowlton, who emigrated from England in 1632
and settled in Ipswich, Mass. When Julius W. was seven years of age his
parents removed to Norwich, Conn., and three years later to Bridgeport,
where he was educated in the public and private schools. In 1860 he
engaged in business in Bridgeport, continuing until the breaking out of
the rebellion, when he enlisted as a private in Company A, Fourteenth
Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, and upon the organization of the regiment
was made commissary-sergeant. He was promoted to the second lieutenancy of
Company C, and was in command of that company at the battle of Gettysburg.
On the third day of that battle he was wounded, and remained in a hospital
on the field eleven days, when he was removed to Baltimore, and soon after
to his home in Bridgeport. The following January he returned to the front,
but on account of his wounds was unable to perform arduous military duty,
and in 1864 was discharged for physical disability.
Colonel Knowlton is a republican, and is active and prominent in the councils of his party. He has served two terms in the legislature, has been a member of the republican state committee, and was on Governor Jewell’s staff, with the rank of colonel. He is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, having taken all degrees to and including the thirty-second - Scottish Rite. He is a
member of the military order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, the Army and Navy Club, Grand Army, and the Seaside Club. He has been assistant adjutant-general G. A. R., a member of the National Council, and in 1880 was a delegate to the National Encampment. He is a member of the First Universalist society of Bridgeport. He married, December 17, 1866, Miss Jennie E. Fairchild, of Newtown, Conn., and they have had two children, neither of whom is at present living.
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