Commerce in Hunt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
John T. Knight
John Thomas Knight (1861-1959), born in Winnsboro, moved to Commerce in 1878. He married Ella Virginia Carter in 1893, and the couple raised nine children in their home on Mangum Street. John was a prominent civic and business leader. He was a member and president of the school board from 1900-36. With his brother, Thomas, he operated Knight Brothers Grocery. He was president of Farmers State Bank and director of First National Bank. John helped bring Mayo College (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) from Cooper. He was an extensive area land owner and owner and stockholder of local businesses. A member of the Masonic Lodge for 62 years, he also raised cattle and cotton. John and his family made many lasting contributions to their community.
175 years of Texas Independence 1836 - 2011
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16852.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 33° 14.467′ N, Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Commerce TX 75428, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Early Commerce Schools (approx. 0.4 miles away); Josiah Hart Jackson, Texas Ranger (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Christian Church of Commerce (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Baptist Church of Commerce (approx. 0.7 miles away); Commerce Post Office (approx. 0.7 miles away); President’s House (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jernigin's Store (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bruce B. Williams American Legion Post No. 1 (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Commerce.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 26, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.