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Pioneer balloonist, dirigible pilot, and aviator. Born July 15, 1876, Lancaster, Ohio. Died March 6, 1960, Temple City, California. Knabenshue was hired as the manager of the Wright team, and arranged many of the contracts for their appearances. He returned to promoting airships after leaving the Wrights. He maintained contact in his later years with the other early pilots, and died in relative poverty in 1960.