Martin B. McKneally

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Martin B. McKneally
Martin McKneally.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 27th district
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by John G. Dow
Succeeded by John G. Dow
National Commander of
The American Legion
In office
1959 – 1960
Preceded by Preston J. Moore
Succeeded by William R. Burke
Personal details
Born Martin Boswell McKneally
(1914-12-31)December 31, 1914
Newburgh, New York
Died June 14, 1992(1992-06-14) (aged 77)
Newburgh, New York
Resting place Cedar Hill Cemetery
Newburgh, New York
41°34′18.8″N 73°59′11.0″W / 41.571889°N 73.986389°W / 41.571889; -73.986389
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank Army-USA-OF-03.svg Major
Battles/wars World War II

Martin B. McKneally (born Martin Boswell McKneally;December 31, 1914 – June 14, 1992) was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. He also served as the National Commander of The American Legion from 1959 to 1960.


McKneally was born in Newburgh, New York. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1936 and Fordham University School of Law in 1940. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1941. He was national commander of The American Legion from 1959 until 1960.

He was a special counsel to then Lieutenant Governor Malcolm Wilson and was elected to Congress in 1968 defeating Democratic incumbent John G. Dow. He served from January 3, 1969 until January 3, 1971.

McKneally was a candidate for re-election in 1970, but it was revealed during the last month of the 1970 campaign that he had not paid Federal Income taxes for many years. He claimed that the IRS had over withheld him, but the voters did not believe him and he was defeated by the man he defeated in 1968, John Dow, by a 52% to 48% result. McKneally was found guilty of tax evasion and sentenced to one year of probation and fined.[1][2]

Congressman McKneally never married and had no children.

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  2. ^ Political corruption in America: an ... - Google Books. 2003. ISBN 9781576070604. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 

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