Following the Civil War, JD McKnight helped in the reconstruction of Saint Denis, an act that resulted in a statue being made and erected of him in one of the city squares. This act did not go without criticism, as some saw McKnight as a carpetbagger and opportunist due to him taking advantage of the catastrophe and economic crisis.
Either at this point or prior, McKnight was recognized for his work by having a cigarette card commemorating him.
During the Panic of 1893, McKnight and others sold 3.5 million ounces of gold to the U.S. Treasury.
By 1907, his company would come to own a majority of the enterprises previously run by Leviticus Cornwall.
Business Owned Partially or Entirely by McKnight
- McKnight & Co.
- McKnight Freight and Railyard
- McKnight Freight and Commodities
- McKnight is heavily based on J. P. Morgan, a prominent 19th-century financier, and banker. Similarly, his real-world counterpart also sold approximately 3.5 million ounces of gold to the U.S. Treasury during the Panic of 1893.