Thomas Knotts

Thomas Elwood Knotts (1861–1921) was the first mayor of the city of Gary, Indiana, serving from 1909 to 1913, after having previously served as head of the Gary town board from 1906 to 1909. He was also Gary's first postmaster. His business ventures included the Gary Evening Post, later merged into the Gary Post-Tribune, and the Gary Trust & Savings Bank, both of which he founded in 1909. Knotts was born in Highland County, Ohio in 1861, and subsequently graduated from Valparaiso University. He was the brother of Armanis Knotts, an early mayor of Hammond, Indiana. Prior to taking up the administration of Gary, he served as Superintendent of the Indian Schools in South Dakota during the presidency of Grover Cleveland, moving to Hammond in 1891, where he combined local entrepeneurship with various positions in the Hammond police department. A Democrat and longtime supporter of organized labor, Knotts became a leading member of the "town forces" in a struggle against US Steel for political control of the city. Knotts was defeated in the 1913 election by the company-backed Republican candidate, Roswell Johnson. Knotts died on March 26, 1921 in Rochester, Minnesota, following surgery.

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1921 at age of 60


1. Valparaiso University Colleges/University

Valparaiso University, known colloquially as Valpo, is a regionally accredited private university located in the city of Valparaiso, Indiana. The school was founded in 1859, and it now consists of five undergraduate colleges, a graduate school, a nursing school and a law school. Valparaiso University is owned and operated by the Lutheran University Association, a non-profit corporation, and is the largest independent Lutheran university in the United States.

Institution info

Type Mixed-sex education
2013. 178 mil. $
2010. 140 mil. $
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1700 Chapel Drive, 46383 - Valparaiso, Indiana
2012. 2,980
2010. 2,872
2009. 2,888
2012. 1,098
2010. 1,184
Acceptance rate
2012. 79.6 %
2010. 74.0 %
Local tuition
2014. 33.7 K $
2010. 28.6 K $
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b. 1862., Minister of Religion
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