JFKWHP-ST-130-1-61 (crop): Presidential Assistant John J. McNally with Congressman John Lesinski, Jr. (Michigan) (Pictured: John J. McNally), 26 May 1961

John "Jack" McNally first began working for John Kennedy during the 1956 Democratic National Convention while Director of the Young Democrats of Worcester County. Having then been heavily involved in Kennedy’s 1960 Presidential campaign, President-elect Kennedy appointed him Staff Assistant for Congressional Liaisons. He was responsible for Public Relations, the scheduling and planning of all Presidential travel, and the administrative and fiscal affairs of the White House. He also oversaw the arrangements for President Kennedy’s funeral in 1963. He remained at the White House until 1965, when he returned to his native Massachusetts to work for the Small Business Administration for the New England region. He has been a director and member of numerous commerce and community organizations since his time in the White House.



1928 Born, Worcester, Massachusetts

1949 Member, Summer Recreation Commission, Worcester, Massachusetts

1949-1952 Member-Director-President, Indoor Sports Association, Worcester, Massachusetts

1952-1954 Member, Rent Control Board, Webster, Massachusetts

1952-1960 Member-Director-President, Young Democratic Club of Massachusetts

1954-1957 Member & Chairman, Park Commission, Webster, Massachusetts

1961-1965 Staff Assistant to the President for Congressional Liaisons and Member, White House Special Projects Staff

1964-1981 Member-Director-President-Trustee, Friends of Marianapolis Prep School, Thompson, Connecticut

1964-1990 Member, Southern Worcester County Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts

1965-1975 Director, United Way, Webster, Massachusetts

1965-1985 Director, Boys Clubs of America, Webster-Dudley, Massachusetts

1965-1989 Director, Small Business Administration

1970-1980 Director, Freedom Federal Savings Bank, Worcester, Massachusetts

1975-1990 Director, Vice Chairman, Hubbard Regional Hospital, Hubbard Health Systems, Inc., Worcester, Massachusetts

1979-1982 State Director, Friendship Force, Inc., Massachusetts

1990- Lecturer to Educational Institutions, Civic and Trade Associations

1991- Committee Co-Chairman, Heritage of Golf Classic, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

1992-2000 Chairman, Architectural Review Board, Shipyard Plantation, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

1994- Chairman, Finance Board, Holy Family Catholic Church, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

1997- Member, Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina  Disaster Response Committee