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Emmet O'Neal (April 14, 1887 - July 18, 1967) was a U.S. Representative from Kentuckymarker and an ambassador to the Philippinesmarker. A member of the Centre Collegemarker Athletic Hall of Fame. Brother of former Louisvillemarker Mayor Joseph T. O'Neal.

Biography

O'Neal was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Joseph T. O'Neal, Sr. and Lydia Elizabeth (Wright). O'Neal was the youngest of four children in his family and he graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentuckymarker in 1907. During his tenure at Centre College he participated in football, basketball, baseball, and Tennis in which he won a championship title. O'Neal would be inducted into the Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. O'Neal graduated from Yale Universitymarker in 1908, and from the law department of the University of Louisvillemarker in 1910. He was following his father and brothers' footsteps as they were all lawyers.

O'Neal was admitted to the bar in 1910 and started his law practice in Louisville. During World War I O'Neal served overseas in the United States Army. O'Neal was enlisted in the Fifth Field Artillery in the First Division, and as an officer in the One Hundred and Third Field Artillery in the Twenty-sixth Division from 1917-1919. Following the war he resumed the practice of law in Louisville and later was involved in banking.

O'Neal went into politics being elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth Congress from Kentuckys 3rd Districtmarker and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 2, 1947). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress losing to Thruston Ballard Morton. The following year he served as an ambassador to the Philippines from June 20, 1947, to January 20, 1949.

After serving as an ambassador O'Neal resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.marker. He became active in the Corregidor-Bataan Memorial Commission and would eventually become a chairman for the commission. O'Neal died in Washington, D.C., July 18, 1967 and was interred in Cave Hill Cemeterymarker in Louisville.

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References

  1. Policitacl Graveyard - O'Neal
  2. Little Colonel.com - Peewee Valley - Pine Tower
  3. Emmet O'Neal (Kentucky) at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  4. Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame



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