Jesse Knight was born at Nauvoo, Hancock County, Ill., on September 6th, 1845, coming with his parents to Utah five years later. He has been greatly instrumental in the development of the mining industry of the state, and at present is interested in some of our greatest wealth producing properties, notable among which may be mentioned the Beck Tunnel, Black Jack and numerous others.
He is the owner of large commercial and manufacturing interests in Canada, and much of the choicest business property of this city, the handsome building known as Knight Block, standing as a monument to his thrift and energy. The beautiful new home, on Center Street is noted, not alone for its architectural elegance, but for the beauty of the home life within.
The educational interests of the city have a staunch and firm friend in Jesse Knight, and many and substantial are the gifts that he has bestowed upon its institutions of learning.
Mr. Knight is of a quiet and unassuming nature, and the magnanimity of his disposition makes him beloved and popular wherever known. 1
1 Wm. M. Wilson, Pictorial Provo: An Illustrated Industrial Review of Provo the Garden City of Utah ([Provo? : Provo Commercial Club?], 1910), [p. 14].