Kenneth Keating


Kenneth Keating

Kenneth Barnard Keating (May 181900 - May 51975), was a United States Representative and a 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 was born in Lima, New York south of Rochester.

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, N.Y. 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 as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress. He was reelected five times (January 31947 - January 31959). In 1958 he defeated Frank Hogan to win election to the United States Senate for the seat vacated by Republican Irving M. Ives and served from January 31959, to January 21965. He was defeated for reelection in 1964 by Democrat Robert F. Kennedy, after a campaign in which Keating labelled Kennedy as a "carpetbagger". Keating was elected to the New York Court of Appeals in 1965, where he served until his resignation in 1969 to become United States Ambassador to India 1969 - 1972. Keating then served as Ambassador to Israel from August 1973 until his death in New York City in 1975.

Before the Cuban Missile Crisis, Senator Keating famously accused the Soviets and Cuba of building IRBMs in Cuba, and urged President Kennedy to take action.

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