The New International Encyclopædia/Knight, Edward Henry

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KNIGHT, Edward Henry (1824-83). An American mechanical expert. He was born in London, England, studied surgery, engraving, mechanics, and civil engineering, and came to the United States in 1845. He settled in Cincinnati, where he became a patent lawyer. In 1863 he accepted a position in the Government patent office in Washington. He was a member of the international juries at the World's Fairs in Philadelphia and Atlanta, was United States commissioner to the World's Fair in Paris in 1878, and was made a chevalier of the Legion of Honor by the French Government. He founded the Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office; edited the Reports of the Paris Exposition; and published, besides many official reports of value, the American Mechanical Dictionary (1876) and the New Mechanical Dictionary (1884).