- William L. O’Neill
Knox, Frank (01 January 1874–28 April 1944), newspaper publisher and secretary of the navy, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of William E. Knox, an oyster dealer, and Sarah Collins. Although christened William Franklin, Knox was usually called Frank and had dropped his first name entirely by 1900. Knox attended high school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but did not graduate, completing his preparatory work at Alma College in Alma, Michigan, which he entered in 1893. After leaving Alma in 1898 Knox, an ardent supporter of the war with Spain, joined the First Volunteer United States Calvary, popularly known as the Rough Riders. Its leader, Lieutenant Colonel ...