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Frank E. McKinney

Frank McKinney
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
In office
October 31, 1951 – August 9, 1952
Preceded byWilliam M. Boyle
Succeeded byStephen Mitchell
Personal details
Frank Edward McKinney Sr.

(1904-06-16)June 16, 1904
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJanuary 12, 1974(1974-01-12) (aged 69)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationIndiana University, Bloomington
La Salle Extension University (BS)

Frank Edward McKinney Sr. (June 16, 1904 – January 12, 1974) was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1951 through 1952. He was hand-picked for the post by then-President Harry S Truman.

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, McKinney served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a delegate to several Democratic National Conventions from Indiana. In addition to working as a banker and being active in Indiana politics, McKinney was a co-owner of several baseball teams, including the Louisville Colonels, the Indianapolis Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He served as majority owner and president of the Pirates from August 8, 1946 until July 18, 1950.[1]

One of McKinney's first acts as DNC chairman was to advocate that all collectors of internal revenue be civil service, rather than political patronage, jobs. McKinney was ousted from the DNC in 1952 by that year's presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson. He later backed W. Averell Harriman for the 1956 presidential nomination.

Frank E. McKinney was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Spain on May 11, 1968, with the title Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. He presented credentials on May 11, 1968, and took the oath of office, but did not proceed to post under this appointment. [2]

His son, Frank Jr., was an Olympic athlete.


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Party political offices
Preceded by
William M. Boyle
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Succeeded by
Stephen Mitchell