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Seymour Horace Knox, II

Birthplace: Buffalo, NY, USA
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Seymour H. Knox, I, 5 & 10 Pioneer and Grace Knox
Husband of Helen Knox
Father of Seymour H. Knox, III, philanthropist and sports entrepreneur and <private> Knox
Brother of Dorothy Virginia Goodyear; Gracia Knox and Marjorie Campbell

Occupation: philanthropist and art exponent
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About Seymour H. Knox, II, philanthropist and art exponent

Seymour Horace Knox II (September 1, 1898 – September 27, 1990) was a Buffalo, New York philanthropist and art exponent. He was born in 1898 in Buffalo, New York, the son of Seymour H. Knox I, the F.W. Woolworth Company co-founder. He was the father of Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup R. Knox, the original principal owners of the Buffalo Sabres.


   * 1 Art
   * 2 Education
   * 3 Career
   * 4 Personal
   * 5 Trivia
   * 6 See also
   * 7 External links
   * 8 Notes
   * 9 References


Beginning in 1926 when he joined the board of Albright Art Gallery, he was a leader in the modernism movement and in modern cultural life in Buffalo until his death in 1990.[1] He is best known for his 1962 addition to the Albright Art Gallery, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and named after Knox at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Knox wing celebration. He gave 60 years of service to the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy. By 1939, he was President of the Academy. He bolstered the Contemporary Abstractionism collection during his tenure. He donated more than 160 works for the new wing. He is said to be in part responsible for the popularity of Jackson Pollock. Under his direction the Albright became the first museum to purchase a Clyfford Still, one of the first to purchase a Henry Moore, and as leading champions of Abstractionism they acquired selections from almost every major abstracionist.[2]


Knox attended Nichols School in Buffalo and the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. He was a 1920 graduate of Yale University. At Yale he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon. [edit] Career

He became a Marine Midland Bank director in 1921, vice-president in 1926, and chairman 1943-1970. He joined the F. W Woolworth board in 1926 and was chairman from 1943 until reaching the mandatory retirement age forty-five years later in 1971. He became Chairman of The University of Buffalo's governing Council from 1950-69. By leading the university into the State University of New York system he transformed higher education in Buffalo.


In 1923, he married Helen Northrup. They had two sons: Seymour III a Northrup. He was eulogized in Congress by Bill Paxon.[3]

In 1986, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.[4]


He is the subject of the 1985 Andy Warhol "Portrait of Seymour H. Knox".

At Yale University Art Gallery, in New Haven, Connecticut, both the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of European and Contemporary Art positions bear his name.

Seymour was an avid polo player. He led his Aurora team to the United States Championship in 1932, and he later won a tournament in Europe and toured South America.

See also

   * Albright-Knox Art Gallery
   * Knox Farm State Park
   * National Medal of Arts

External links

   * Sports Illustrated: School of Hard Knox
   * Knox Family of Buffalo, NY
   * Seymour H. Knox Is Dead at 92; Buffalo Banker Was Art Patron
   * Friends of Knox Farm State Park


  1. ^ Goldman, p. 105
  2. ^ "Shorty's Triumph". Time Magazine. 1962-01-12.,9171,828934,00.html. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  3. ^ Paxon, Bill (1990-10-01). "SEYMOUR H. KNOX, JR., AN EXTRAORDINARY MAN -- HON. BILL PAXON (Extension of Remarks - October 01, 1990)". Library of Congress. Retrieved 2008-02-24. 
  4. ^ "Lifetime Honors - National Medal of Arts". National Endowment For the Arts. Retrieved 2009-12-26. 


   * Goldman, Mark, "City on The Edge: Buffalo, New York," Prometheus Books, 2007.

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Seymour H. Knox, II, philanthropist and art exponent's Timeline

September 1, 1898
Buffalo, NY, USA
March 9, 1926
Age 27
Buffalo, NY, USA
September 27, 1990
Age 92