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    Title: John Theryll Knox Papers
    Box Number: 2056-2102
    Creator: Knox, John T. (John Theryll), 1924-
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



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    Copyright has not been assigned to California State Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing. Permission for publication is given on behalf of California State Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], John Theryll Knox papers, California State Library.

    Access Points

    Knox, John T. (John Theryll), 1924-
    California. Legislature. Assembly.
    California--Politics and government--1951-


    Knox's legislative files, including letters to and from constituents, related papers, clippings, pamphlets, study reports, copies of bills introduced into the Assembly by Knox, excerpted sections of various codes, etc.


    John Theryll Knox was born September 30, 1924 in Reno, Nevada to Ernest B. and Jean Monat Knox. He has lived in California since 1929. He attended public schools in Sacramento and Alhambra. He served with the United States Air Force 1943-1945. He received an A.B. degree from Occidental College in 1949, and a J.D. degree from Hastings College of Law in 1952. He married Jean Henderson on December 27, 1949 and they had three children--John Henderson, Charlotte Marie, and Mary Lucretia. Knox was admitted to the Bar in 1953 and had a private law practice in Richmond from that date.
    He was elected to the State Assembly in a special election, November 8, 1960. In the Assembly he was elected Speaker Pro Tempore on January 19, 1976, and he was reelected through the last session he served, 1979-80. He was the Chairman of the Select Committee on Revision of the Nonprofit Corporations Code; Vice Chairman on the Committee on Criminal Justice; member of Assembly Committees--Ways and Means, Local Government, Policy Research Management and Joint Committee on the Revision of the Penal Code. Knox was only the second first-term Assemblyman to be named to the important Assembly Rules Committee since 1900, and he was an Ex officio member in his final term. As Chairman of the Municipal and County Government Committee, he held hearings throughout the State in the wake of the 1965 tax scandles in order to gather information for the Assessment Reform measure.
    In 1968 he authored a revision of the Corporate Securities Act. In 1969 he was the chief author of legislation to establish the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission as a permanent state agency. In 1970 he coauthored a bill to regulate the franchising industry in California, and he was the principal author of the Environmental Quality Act. He received the second Annual Bay Area Environment Award of the San Francisco Bay Area Council for the single most significant contribution to the Bay Area environment, 1970. He was also a member of such committees as Finance and Insurance, Select Committee on Environmental Quality and the Joint Committee on National Tax Policy.
    Knox retired from the Assembly at the end of the 1979-80 session and joined the San Francisco office of a Los Angeles based law firm, Nossaman, Krueger & Marsh. The September, 1982 telephone book for San Francisco lists the firm as Nossaman, Krueger & Knox. He worked for the firm as an attorney and lobbyist making frequent trips to Sacramento. In 1981 he was appointed by Governor Brown to the board of directors of the Hastings College of Law and to the Commission on Uniform State Laws.


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    • Aranda
    • Baggio
    • Barnes, Gordon & Helen
    • Bayless, Corene
    • Bennett, Carl
    • Butler, Tom
    • Campbell
    • Cottrell, Alfred
    • Cutter, Rhoda
    • Farrow
    • Flessa
    • Harper, James
    • Hawks, D. R.
    • Hobson
    • Humphers, Sarah
    • Hurd, Carl
    • Jackson, Wallace
    • Johnson, Elmer
    • Jones, Arthur
    • Kahn, Robert
    • Lavely, Rohlean
    • Levels, Thelma
    • Lewis, Pat
    • Light, Emily
    • Lira, Mary
    • Luckey, Samuel
    • McCathy, Eugene J., 1916-
    • McCoy, Ora
    • Magnusson, Vivian L.
    • Marino, Ida
    • Meday, Horace H.
    • Mefford
    • Miller, George Jr.
    • Mitchell, Leonard
    • Nolen, Clye & Hattie
    • Pieper, Richard A.
    • Pullman Child Development Center
    • Purcell
    • Read, Elizabeth
    • Rivera, Consuelo
    • Roberson, Wayne
    • Scott, Crawford
    • Sheehan, Alyce
    • Singleton, Jessie
    • Stansbury, Nora
    • Thompson, Gerald L.
    • Unfiled -Miscellaneous
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    • Whalker, Calvin
    • White, Eona E.
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    • Wright, Elnora
    • Zimmer, Mr. & Mrs. George