About Morell Keith Neville
M. Keith Neville (February 25, 1884 – December 4, 1959) was a Nebraska Democratic politician and the 18th Governor of Nebraska.
Neville was born in North Platte, Nebraska and attended St.John's Academy. In 1905, he graduated from St. John's College (Annapolis/Santa Fe) in Annapolis, Maryland. He returned to manage the family ranch and served as the Director of the First National Bank in North Platt. He married Mary Virginia Neil on October 21, 1908, and they had four children.
Nicknamed the "Boy Governor" for his youth, thirty-two years of age, Neville was elected in 1916 as the governor of Nebraska, serving from 1917 to 1919. During his tenure a rigorous liquor law was sanctioned and World War I issues were dealt with.
In 1918 Neville returned to North Platt where he continued to be active in banking and ranching as well as politics. He was a delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska in 1920, 1932, and 1956. He was a candidate for Nebraska U.S. Senator in 1954, but lost to Carl Curtis. For seventeen years, he was also coach of the North Platte High School football team.
Death and legacy
Neville died December 4, 1959 and is interred at North Platt Cemetery, North Platt, Lincoln County, Nebraska USA. He was a member of the Freemasons, the elks, the Moose, the Odd fellows, and Phi Sigma Kappa, as well as a member of the Episcopal Church.