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Stewart Brett McKinney
(January 30, 1931 - May 7, 1987) U.S.A.

Stewart McKinney



McKinney was born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. He graduated, Kent School, Kent, Conn., 1949; attended Princeton University, 1949-1951; B.A., Yale University, 1958. He was a sergeant in the United States Air Force, 1951-1955.

Elected State representative, Connecticut general assembly in 1966, and reelected in 1968, he served as minority leader, 1969, 1970; director ay Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport Child Guidance Clinic, Rehabilitation Center of Eastern Fairfield County, and Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce.

The Homeless Assistance Act, named after the Congressman Stewart B McKinney, emphasized emergency measures, transitional measures and long-term solutions to combat the homeless crisis. At the time, it was viewed as the first step in a larger effort to eradicate homelessness.

McKinney was delegate at Connecticut State Republican conventions, 1968-1970; delegate, Republican National Convention, 1972; elected as a Republican to the Ninety-second and to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1971, until his death in Washington, D.C. He was the first known Congressman to die of AIDS related complications (pneumonia).

His physician speculated he became infected with HIV in 1979 from blood transfusions during heart surgery. However, since McKinney was actively if not openly bisexual it is also equally likely that he contracted it from unsafe sex, as little had been know about the transmission of HIV at the time.

McKinney was a resident of Green Farms, Connecticut.


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