History of Iowa From the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century/4/Frederick M. Knoll
FREDERICK M. KNOLL of Dubuque is one of the veteran law makers of Iowa, having served fourteen years in the General Assembly of the State. He was born March 8, 1833, in Alsace, then a French province. He attended the schools of his native country and in August, 1853, when twenty years of age, emigrated to America, locating in Dubuque County which has since been his home. For forty-eight years he has lived on the farm he selected for his home upon his arrival in America. During that time he has served ten years as a member of the board of supervisors, was forty-three years a member of the school board, and thirty-three years a justice of the peace. In 1861 he was first elected a Representative in the House of the Ninth General Assembly, was a member of the Senate in the Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth General Assemblies. In 1877 Mr. Knoll was again elected to the House of the Seventeenth General Assembly, and in 1890 his county returned him to the House of the Twenty-third General Assembly, twenty-eight years from the time he first entered the Legislature as one of its youngest members. Few citizens of Iowa have served so long as a public official, and in every position Mr. Knoll has proved faithful, efficient and worthy. He has been a Democrat from the time he landed in America and has many times represented his party in State conventions.