Belknap, Jeremy, 1744-98, American historian, b. Boston. A Congregational minister, he wrote history out of antiquarian interest, but showed great diligence and skill in research and considerable ability in writing. His History of New Hampshire (3 vol., 1784-92; repr., 2 vol., 1970) was a model of early local history. He was probably the first American to write (1792) a book about Christopher Columbus. He was a leader in the founding (1794) of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the first such organization in the United States.
Belknap, William Worth, 1829-90, U.S. Secretary of War (1869-76), b. Newburgh, N.Y. After practicing law in Iowa, he served in the Civil War, was a division commander under Sherman in Georgia and the Carolinas, and became a major general in 1865. An internal revenue collector in Iowa (1865-69), he was made Secretary of War by Grant. In 1876 a political scandal broke when a House committee found evidence that Belknap had indirectly received annual bribes from the trader at an Indian post. Impeachment was unanimously voted. Grant accepted Belknap's resignation. At the Senate trial, the vote was 35 "guilty," 25 "not guilty"—falling short of the two thirds necessary to convict. Of the 25, 22 declared that they voted "not guilty" on the ground that the Senate lacked jurisdiction after Belknap's accepted resignation. He later practiced law in Washington, D.C.
Belknap is a village in Johnson County, Illinois, United States. The population was 133 at the 2000 census.


Belknap is located at (37.323620, -88.940579).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 133 people, 51 households, and 32 families residing in the village. The population density was 128.6 people per square mile (49.9/km²). There were 62 housing units at an average density of 59.9/sq mi (23.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 87.22% White, 0.75% African American, 1.50% from other races, and 10.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.50% of the population.

There were 51 households out of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.45.

In the village the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 32.3% from 25 to 44, 17.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 68.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $25,625, and the median income for a family was $31,250. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $12,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,319. There were 6.1% of families and 13.2% of the population living below the poverty line, including 12.1% of under eighteens and 18.2% of those over 64.


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