Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where Knox Slept a Bit of Our Region's History, Move-In Condition

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where Knox Slept a Bit of Our Region's History, Move-In Condition

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Only in an economically struggling town could the three-story home of a former U.S. senator, secretary of state and attorney general go on the market for the modest price of $124,900. And it's a beautiful old house on a pleasant street with others of like kind.

Philander Chase Knox was born at 322 Front St. in Brownsville, Fayette County, in 1853. Though not a familiar name today, Knox was a very important person of his era, with government service spanning the end of the 19th century and World War I. He was the attorney general for Presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt and secretary of state for President William Howard Taft. During the latter of two stints in the Senate, he opposed the League of Nations and the Versailles treaty ending WWI.

Knox also was president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, a lawyer who represented Carnegie Steel, a founder of the law firm now known as Reed Smith and a member of theSouth Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, which has been widely blamed for dam renovations that caused the Johnstown flood in 1889. …

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