Seymour H. Knox I

Birth Name:
Seymour Horace Knox
Birth Date:
April 11, 1861
Birth Place:
Russell, New York
Death Date:
May 17, 1915
Place of Death:
1045 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, New York
Cause of Death:
Uremic coma
Cemetery Name:
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Business and Finance
Seymour Knox was a Buffalo, New York businessman who made his fortune in five-and-dime stores. He merged his more than 100 stores with those of his first cousins, Frank Winfield Woolworth and Charles Woolworth, to form the F. W. Woolworth Company. In fact, by the time of the 1911 incorporation of F. W. Woolworth Company, Knox was the second largest of six store operators with 98 U.S. and 13 Canadian locations. In 1912, he received $12 million of the $65 million merger proceeds and was appointed Director and Senior Vice-Principal of the Corporation. Knox is remembered as the pioneering city center store operator. His Detroit, Michigan store was the first outside of the agricultural and small-market towns. Many of the Woolworth friendly rivals emulated his plan

Fun Facts

After Seymour Knox death, his wife built a new mansion on Delaware Avenue for her and their children, designed by New York City architect C. P. H. Gilbert, known today as the Mrs. Seymour H. Knox House.

Seymour Knox was the father of Seymour H. Knox II and grandfather of Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup Knox, the co-founders of the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League.

Seymour Knox loved a good mansion and lived in 4 during his life time. The addresses of those mansions in the order they lived in Buffalo, New York are 414 Porter Avenue, 467 Linwood, 1049 Delaware Avenue (now 1035) and 806 Delaware Avenue.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Forest Lawn Cemetery

1990 Main Road

Buffalo, New York, 14208


North America


Cemetery Map of Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York
Map of Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York

Grave Location:

Knox Mausoleum, Section 23, Lot 2, Niche 4

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery follow the white line in the road until you get to Mirror Lake which borders Section 23. Drive around Section 23 until you see the 4-pillored Knox mausoleum on Mausoleum Row.

Grave Location GPS

42.9258402, -78.8624366



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