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Emmet O’NEAL

(1887-1967)

O’NEAL, Emmet, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Louisville, Ky., on April 14, 1887; attended the public schools; was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1907, from Yale University in 1908, and from the law department of the University of Louisville, Louisville, Ky., in 1910; was admitted to the bar in 1910 and commenced practice in Louisville; during the First World War served overseas in the United States Army as an enlisted man 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 1917-1919; resumed the practice of law in Louisville; also engaged in banking; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1947); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1946 to the Eightieth Congress; Ambassador to the Philippines from June 20, 1947, to January 20, 1949; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; member and later chairman of the Corregidor-Bataan Memorial Commission; died in Washington, D.C., July 18, 1967; interment in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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