|19th United States Secretary of Agriculture|
November 4, 1976 – January 20, 1977
|Preceded by||Earl Butz|
|Succeeded by||Robert Bergland|
|Born||October 4, 1936|
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Education||United States Military Academy (BS)|
Creighton University (MA)
American University (LLB)
Knebel was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 4, 1936. 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, Knebel was named Secretary of Agriculture to by President Gerald R. Ford after his predecessor, Earl L. 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.
| U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Served under: Gerald Ford