Source: Biographical Directory of the American Congress: 1774-1961. Page 1177
Knox, James. a Representative from Illinois; born in Canajoharie, NY, July 4, 1807; attended Hamilton College, Clinton NY and was graduated from Yale College in 1830; studied law; and was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Utica, NY; moved to Illinois in 1836 and settled in Knoxville, Knox County; and continued to practice law; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1847; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-third and Thirty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1853-March 3, 1857); continued to practice law until his death in Knoxville, IL, October 8, 1876; internment in City Cemetery.
Source: Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois & Knox County. Munsell Publishing Company: New York & Chicago, 1899. Page 873.
KNOX, JAMES, was born July 4, 1807, in Montgomery County, New York and was the son of James Knox and Nancy Ehle. He died October 9, 1876, at his home in Knoxville, Illinois, and was buried in the cemetery in that city. He studied at Hamilton Academy, in Madison County, New York, and entered Hamilton College in 1827, where he remained one year. He matriculated at Yale University in 1828 and graduated in 1830. He studied law with Maynard and Spencer, in Utica, New York and was admitted to the bar in 1833. In 1836, he came to Knoxville and entered his brother's store, which he managed after the latter's death in 1839. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1848 and in 1852 and again in 1854, was elected to Congress as a whig. In Congress, he was Chairman of the Committee on Roads and Canals. He was public-spirited and was the first President of the Peoria and Oquawka Railroad. He bequeathed a large sum to found an agricultural school in Knoxville. This money was to be available only in case $40,000 in addition could be subscribed in Knox County for the school. As this was not done, the bequest reverted to Yale and Hamilton Colleges and to St. Mary's School. His eyesight failing, he made several trips to Berlin for relief, in 1861, from 1865 to 1869, and again in 1872-1873. In 1840 he married Prudence H. Blish, who died in 1846, leaving no children.