F. Ray Keyser, Jr., Governor

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Frank Ray Kezer, Jr.

Birthplace: Chelsea, Orange, VT, USA
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Son of Frank Ray Kezer, Sr. and Ellen Eula Larkin

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About F. Ray Keyser, Jr., Governor


Frank Ray Keyser (born August 17, 1927) is a lawyer and politician from Vermont. He served as Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1959 to 1961, and 72nd Governor of Vermont from 1961 to 1963. Biography

The son of Vermont Supreme Court Justice F. Ray Keyser, Sr., the younger Keyser was born in Chelsea, Vermont on August 17, 1927. He served as a page in the Vermont House of Representatives in 1939. In 1945 he graduated from Montpelier High School. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

In 1950 Keyser graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. He graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1952 and practiced law in Chelsea.

A Republican, Keyser served three terms in the Vermont House of Representatives and was its Speaker from 1959–1961.

In 1960 Keyser was elected Governor, and he served one term, 1961 to 1963. At age 34, Keyser was the youngest person to be elected Vermont's Governor.

In 1962 Keyser lost his race for reelection to Democrat Philip H. Hoff. Hoff's victory marked the first time Republicans had lost the governorship since the founding of the Republican Party in the 1850s.

From 1965 to 1970, Keyser was general counsel for the Vermont Marble Company, and he was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board from 1970 to 1979.

From 1967 to 1972, he was on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston[9] and he was a Director of the Central Vermont Public Service Corporation and Chairman of the Board from 1980 to 1997.

In 1980 he organized the Rutland law office of Keyser and Crowley.

Keyser also served as a Director of the Union Mutual of Vermont insurance company.

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August 17, 1927
Chelsea, Orange, VT, USA