Col. George Knapp, the owner of the Missouri Republican, of St. Louis, the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi, died on Sept. 18 on the steam-ship Pennland, which arrived in this port yesterday. The announcement will create wide-spread grief in St. Louis circles, for no man was more universally loved than he. From one end of the city to the other he was known as a public benefactor. Col. Knapp was born in Montgomery, Orange County, N.Y., Sept. 25, 1814, and in 1820 he went with his parents to St. Louis. At the age of 12 he entered the office of the Republican, then owned by Charles & Paschall. In 1837, when 23 years of age, he became part proprietor of the paper. In 1835 he took a prominent part in the volunteer military service, and in 1846 he went to Mexico as a Lieutenant in the St. Louis Grays of the St. Louis Legion. After the return of the regiment he became Captain, and subsequently Lieutenant Colonel. In addition to his connection with the Republican colony Col. Knapp has been a zealous advocate of all public-spirited enterprises, and the erection of many of the most magnificent public buildings which now ornament the city was in a great measure due to his personal energy. When the ruins of the Southern Hotel stood a frowning disgrace to the city he came to the front offering to subscribe $50,000 toward its erection. He championed the building of the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce, the largest building of the kind in the West, and never stopped booming the movement until the edifice was completed. All here give him credit for the great success which the Republican has scored. He brought the paper from a shanty to its present palatial quarters, and this was done in the face of many adverse circumstances.
In December, 1840, Col. Knapp married Lizzie Eleanor McCartan, and this lady and a large family survive him. Of late years, although the leading spirit of the newspaper he owned, Col. Knapp has been in delicate health, and twice has he made trips to Europe in search of new life and strength. About two months ago he left here with his son, Thomas, taking a physician's advice and going to the Kissingen Springs, at Bavaria, Germany. He left there on Sept. 15 on the Pennland, and he died on board on Sept. 18.
-New York Times, September 27, 1883
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