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Kenneth Barnard Keating

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Lima, NY, USA
Death: May 4, 1975 (74)
New York, NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Mosgrove Keating, Jr. and Louise Keating
Husband of Mary Leet Jackson

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About Kenneth B. Keating, U.S. Senator

Kenneth Barnard Keating (May 18, 1900 – May 5, 1975), was a United States Representative and a U.S. Senator from New York, and in later life, an appellate judge and a diplomat representing the United States as ambassador to India and later to Israel.


He attended public school and was graduated from Genesee Wesleyan Seminary in 1915. He then attended the University of Rochester, which he was graduated from in 1919, while there he joined The Delta Upsilon Fraternity, and from Harvard Law School in 1923. He was admitted to the bar in 1923 and commenced practice in Rochester. During the First World War he served as a sergeant in the United States Army and during the Second World War served overseas and was promoted to brigadier general in 1948. On returning to the United States he resumed his law practice.

Keating was elected to the House of Representatives as a Republican to the 80th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 84th and 85th United States Congresses, and served from January 3, 1947, to January 3, 1959. In 1958 he defeated New York County District Attorney Frank Hogan for the U.S. Senate seat of the retiring Irving M. Ives, and served from January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1965. Keating was a moderate, like many prominent New York Republicans of his era. Before the Cuban Missile Crisis, Senator Keating accused the Soviets and Cuba of building IRBMs in Cuba, and urged President John F. Kennedy to take action. Keating was defeated for re-election in 1964 by Democrat Robert F. Kennedy, after a campaign in which Keating labelled Kennedy as a "carpetbagger." Keating's campaign slogan was "Keep Keating."

In 1965, Keating was elected to the New York Court of Appeals, but resigned in 1969 to become United States Ambassador to India where he stayed until 1972. Keating then served as Ambassador to Israel from August 1973 until his death in 1975.

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Kenneth B. Keating, U.S. Senator's Timeline

May 18, 1900
Lima, NY, USA
May 4, 1975
Age 74
New York, NY, USA