16 Facts About Frank Knox


William Franklin Knox was an American politician, newspaper editor and publisher.

FactSnippet No. 828,551

Frank Knox was the Republican vice presidential candidate in 1936, and Secretary of the Navy under Franklin D Roosevelt during most of World War II.

FactSnippet No. 828,552

Frank Knox advocated U S entrance into World War I and served as an artillery officer in France.

FactSnippet No. 828,553

Frank Knox presided over a naval buildup and pushed for the internment of Japanese Americans.

FactSnippet No. 828,554

Frank Knox served as Secretary of the Navy until his death in 1944.

FactSnippet No. 828,555

Frank Knox's parents were both Canadian; his mother, Sarah C, was from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and his father, William Edwin Knox, was from New Brunswick.

FactSnippet No. 828,556

Frank Knox attended Alma College in Michigan, where he was a member of the Zeta Sigma fraternity.

FactSnippet No. 828,557

Frank Knox left in his senior year to join the US Army for the Spanish–American War.

FactSnippet No. 828,558

Frank Knox later supplemented his studies with additional readings and coursework, and the college's board of trustees awarded him a Bachelor of Arts degree as a member of the class of 1898.

FactSnippet No. 828,559

Frank Knox served in Cuba with Theodore Roosevelt's famous Rough Riders, the First Volunteer Cavalry Regiment.

FactSnippet No. 828,560

Frank Knox was a member of Troop D commanded by Captain Robert Huston.

FactSnippet No. 828,561

Frank Knox reached the rank of Colonel and served as an artillery officer in France.

FactSnippet No. 828,562

In 1930, Frank Knox became publisher and part owner of the Chicago Daily News.

FactSnippet No. 828,563

Frank Knox carried out Roosevelt's plan to expand the US Navy into a force capable of fighting in both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.

FactSnippet No. 828,564

Frank Knox had called for the internment of Japanese Americans as early as 1933, and he continued to do so in his new position.

FactSnippet No. 828,565

Frank Knox received the Spanish Campaign Medal and the World War I Victory Medal for his previous military service.

FactSnippet No. 828,566