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Julius W. Knowlton


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.

In October, 1866, Colonel Knowlton was one of three who purchased The Bridgeport Standard, organizing under the joint stock laws of Connecticut, with Mr. Knowlton as secretary and treasurer and business manager. He resigned this position in 1873, to take the superintendency of the Moore Car Wheel Company of Jersey City, N.J. In 1874 he accepted a position in the post-office department at Washington, D.C., and was later made chief clerk of the department by P. M.-General Marshall Jewell. In 1875 he received the appointment of postmaster at Bridgeport, which position he now occupies.

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.

SourceIllustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut - 1891 Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding Hartford Conn.  Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company 1891

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