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20 Seaman Ashahel Knapp

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December 16, 1833 - April 1, 1911



Personal Data

Born: December 16, 1833 


Married to Maria E. Hotchkiss

Died: April 1, 1911




1856- AB     Union College, New York

1882-LL.D.   Upper Iowa University

1908-           Baylor University

1919- D.Sc.   Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts




1856-63      Teacher, Associate Manager, Fort Edward Collegiate Institute

1863-65      Associate Manager, Ripley Female College, VT

1866            Farmer, Methodist Clergymen

1869-75      President, Iowa State College for the Blind

1879-86      Professor of Agriculture, Iowa State College

1898-1902  International Travel for U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

1902-10      In-charge, Farmer's Co-operative Demonstration Work, Southern States    



Awards and Honors

Seaman A. Knapp School of Country Life, Nashville, TN 

 1902-Appointed by the U.S. Secretary of agriculture as a special agent for the promotion of agriculture in the south


Membership-Professional Organizations

Iowa Stock Breeders Association, Founder and First President

Rice Growers' Association, President




Multiple articles and authors of bulletins for, Dept. of Agriculture Western Stock Journal and Farme, Publisher



Professional Interest Areas


Education in Agriculture 


Major Contributions to Adult Education

Drafted first experiment station bill whichh made way for passage of the Hatch Act, 1887. Taught farmers good agriculture techniques. Farmer cooperative formation, which later merged with cooperative extension. 



Additional Resources



Encyclopedia of World Biography.

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.




Photo Gallery


Video/Audio: N/A





The present status of rice culture in the United States.

Seed selection for southern farms.

The work of the community demonstration farm at Terrell, Texas.

Dr. S.A. Knapp's address on rural conditions.

Recent Foreign Explorations, as bearing on the agricultural development of the Southern States




Interesting Facts


He created the slogan "Farmers need object lessons, they need demonstration."  Created at the age of 70.










"Seaman Asahel Knapp." Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2004. Retrieved December 03, 2014 from Encyclopedia.com:http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3404703592.html

Malone, D. (1961). Dictionary of American biography, 5(1). New York, NY: Charles Scribner.

Marquis. (1943). Who’s who in America, 1. Chicago, IL: Author.

Moreland, W. D., & Goldenstein, E. H. (1985). Pioneers in adult education. Chicago, IL: Nelson-Hall.






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