The subject of this brief sketch is a native of Guilford, Chenango County, N. Y., where he was born Dec. 28, 1822, son of Ebenezer and Henrietta Belknap. When he was twelve years of age he was bound as an apprentice to Chester Wright, a farmer, residing at Westford, in Otsego County, and as such worked on his farm until he reached his majority. He attended the district school during the winter term each year until his twentieth year. Subsequently he taught school during the winter term for several years.
He commenced reading law with Wm. B. Hawes, at Unadilla, in 1845, and was admitted to the bar in 1849. He has since continued the practice of law at that place. At the age of thirty, June 9, 1853, he married Miss Caroline Eels, daughter of Deacon Eells, of Unadilla. Mr. Belknap stands high in his profession, and is well and favorably known throughout the county.