Emmet O’Neal Edit Profile
Bachelor of Arts, Centre College, 1907, Doctor of Laws, 1947. Bachelor of Arts, Yale, 1908. Bachelor of Laws, University Louisville, 1910.
In 1906-07, he led the football, basketball and baseball squad. He kicked one drop kick for 48 yards. O'Neal would be inducted into the Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006.
O'Neal graduated from Yale University in 1908, and from the law department of the University of Louisville in 1910. 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 Kentucky's 3rd District and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1935 - January 3, 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 September 22, 1947 to April 28, 1948. After serving as an ambassador O'Neal resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C. 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. on July 18, 1967 and was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.
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Served in the United States Army, World War I.
Married Glessie Morris, July 29, 1921. Children: Lydia Wright, Mary Hamilton.