Walter T. Knox
President of the California Conference (1897-1900, 1906-1908)
Walter Tingley Knox was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., on July 4, 1858. He received his education primarily in Canada. At the age of 16 he came to California, seeking relief from malaria, and spent several years in Southern California. He became a Christian in 1879 and joined the Methodist Church. Walter married Barbara Bell Childs on Dec. 8, 1885. One child, Barbara, was born into their home.
Through Bible study and personal research, Knox accepted the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1889. Almost immediatel y he began working for the church and by 1894 he was listed as an ordained minister.
In 1897 Knox was elected president of the California Conference, serving there through 1900. When the Pacific Union Conference was organized in 1901, Knox became its first president. (At that time, the Pacific Union included Alaska, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.) Once again, in 1905, Knox was elected to serve as president of the California Conference, holding that position for about two years.
Knox was elected to serve as treasurer of the General Conference in 1909, a position he held until his retirement in 1922. During this time of the church’s history, there was a significant and rapid expansion of overseas mission work, for which Knox wa s responsible to work out the financial details. A. G. Daniells was General Conference president during this time (1901-1922).
In retirement, Elder and Mrs. Knox moved to Mountain View, California. Until about two years prior to his death, he served as board chair for the Loma Linda Medical College, as well as a long-time member of the Pacific Press Publishing Association board of directors.
Walter Knox passed away from a stroke on Nov. 11, 1931, having just returned home from an automobile trip to San Francisco to pick up his wife. The funeral service, officiated at by A. G. Daniells, took place in Mountain View. Burial was at the Oak Hill Cemetery in San Jose.
1. Portrait of Walter T. Knox
2. Walter and Barbara Knox
3. Pacific Press, Mountain View, California, in 1925
4. Cover design for The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald that published Knox's obituary in 1931
The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Vol. 108, No. 51, Dec. 17, 1931 (obituary of W. T. Knox)
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