John Hayward, Gazetteer of the United States of America… (Philadelphia: James L. Gihon, 1854), 696.
KNOX COLLEGE, IS. This college is located at Galesburg, about 50 miles west of Peoria. The township was originally purchased with a view to the establishment and endowment of the college. The college was opened in 1837. In 1850 it had 5 instructors and 58 students. It has an academy, or preparatory department, with a considerable number of students. It has about 3000 volumes in its libraries. Commencement is on the fourth Wednesday in June. Rev. Jonathan Blanchard is president.