John Albert Knebel
|John Albert Knebel|
|19th United States Secretary of Agriculture|
November 4, 1976 – January 20, 1977
|Preceded by||Earl L. Butz|
|Succeeded by||Robert S. Bergland|
October 4, 1936 |
|Alma mater||West Point
John Albert Knebel (born October 4, 1936 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a former United States government official who served as Secretary of Agriculture under President Gerald Ford. He graduated from West Point in 1959 and received his Master's at Creighton University in 1962. In 1965 he received his law degree from American University. Between 1965 and 1968 he was engaged in private practice with the firm of Howrey, Simon, Baker and Murchison in Washington, DC. He was a legislative assistant to Congressman J. Ernest Wharton in 1963 and 1964 and served as general counsel to the Small Business Administration during Nixon's second term. He was also a member of the American, Federal, and District of Columbia Bar Association. In March 1971, he became the General Counsel of the Small Business Administration, and in January 1973 he was appointed as General Counsel of the Department of Agriculture. He was a partner in the law firm of Brownstein, Zeidman, Schomer and Chase from April until December 1975, when he was named the Under Secretary/Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. On November 4, 1976, he was named Secretary of Agriculture by President Gerald Ford after his predecessor, Earl Butz, resigned amid a scandal involving a racist comment. His period in this office was brief and ended January 20, 1977, when Jimmy Carter replaced Ford in the White House. After that, he returned to law and as of 2003[update] was still the president of the American Mining Congress.
Personal life 
Knebel married Zenia Marks of Wycoff, New Jersey, with whom he has had three children. He and his family resided in McLean, Virginia at the time on his appointment as Secretary of Agriculture in 1976.
- "Biographies of Cabinet Department Secretaries during the Gerald R. Ford Presidency, 1974-1977: A-K". The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Digital Library. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- "Former Secretaries". USDA.gov. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
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