Frank Knox
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1874
Date of Death: 1944
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Religion: Congregationalism
Occupation: Politician, Lawyer, Sailor, Journalist
Spouse: Annie Reid Knox
Political Party: Republican Party
Political Office(s): US Secretary of the Navy
Fictional Appearances:
"News From the Front"
POD: December 8, 1941
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

William Franklin "Frank" Knox (January 1, 1874 - April 28, 1944) was the United States Secretary of the Navy under Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1940 until his death, a time span which included much of World War II. Prior to that, Knox was the Republican Vice Presidential candidate in 1936 under Alf Landon against FDR. However, the ticket lost in a landslide and only won eight electoral votes from the two states of Maine and Vermont.

Frank Knox in "News From the Front"[]

Shortly after the disastrous attack at Pearl Harbor, Frank Knox was called before the Senate about how the US Navy had been so woefully unprepared. Texas Democrat Tom Connally was particularly tenacious in the questions he put to Knox. The New Yorker reported on that investigation in great detail.[1]

Frank Knox in Joe Steele[]

Newspaper publisher Frank Knox was Alf Landon's running mate in the 1936 presidential election. The ticket lost in a landslide to Democratic incumbent Joe Steele and Vice President John Nance Garner, carrying only eight electoral votes from the two states of Maine and Vermont.[2]


  1. See, e.g., Atlantis and Other Places, pg. 82-83.
  2. Joe Steele, pgs. 136-137.
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Edison
Secretary of the Navy for the United States
Succeeded by
James Forrestal
Party political offices
Preceded by
Charles Curtis
Republican Party vice presidential nominee
1936 (lost)
Succeeded by
Charles L. McNary