(1863-1935; acting president 1926-27)
Portrait painted in 1935 by artist Robert W. Grafton
Herman Knapp was born in Vermont to Seaman A. and Maria Elizabeth Hotchkiss Knapp. Seaman Knapp became the second President ofo the College (1883-1884). Herman Knapp graduated from Iowa State College in scientific agriculture, and served as secretary to the president, director of agriculture, treasurer, registrar, and purchasing agent and business manager. From 1926-1927 he was acting president of Iowa State College until the appointment of President R. M. Hughes. The State University of Iowa awarded Herman Knapp an honorary doctor of laws degree.