MacNeil Mitchell

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MacNeil Mitchell (July 18, 1904 – December 17, 1996) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.


He was born on July 18, 1904, in Lime Rock, Litchfield County, Connecticut, the son of George Henry Mitchell and Harriet (MacNeil) Mitchell. He graduated from Yale College in 1926; attended Columbia Law School, and graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 1929.[1] He practiced law in New York City. In 1938, he married Katherine McGowin, and they had three children.

Mitchell was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1938 to 1946, sitting in the 161st, 162nd, 163rd, 164th and 165th New York State Legislatures.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (20th district) from 1947 to 1964, sitting in the 166th, 167th, 168th, 169th, 170th, 171st, 172nd, 173rd and 174th New York State Legislatures; and was Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary in 1963 and 1964.

He was a delegate to the 1960 and 1964 Republican National Conventions.

He died on December 17, 1996, in Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, of pneumonia;[2] and was buried at the Salisbury Cemetery in Salisbury, Connecticut.[3]

U.S. Patent Commissioner Charles Elliott Mitchell (1837–1911) was his grandfather.


  1. ^ New York Red Book (1961–1962; p. 84)
  2. ^ MacNeil Mitchell, 92, a Legislator in New York State for 27 Years in the New York Times on December 20, 1996.
  3. ^ MacNeil Mitchell in The East Hampton Star, of East Hampton, on January 9, 1997 (with portrait).
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Herbert Brownell Jr.
New York State Assembly
New York County, 10th district

Succeeded by
John P. Morrissey
Preceded by
John J. Lamula
New York State Assembly
New York County, 1st district

Succeeded by
Maude E. Ten Eyck
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Frederic René Coudert Jr.
New York State Senate
20th district

Succeeded by
Frederic S. Berman