KEATING, Kenneth Barnard (1900-1975)
Senate Years of Service: 1959-1965

KEATING, KENNETH BARNARD, a Representative and a Senator from New York; born in Lima, Livingston County, N.Y., May 18, 1900; attended the public schools; graduated from Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, N.Y., in 1915, from the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y., in 1919, and from Harvard Law School in 1923; admitted to the bar in 1923 and commenced practice in Rochester, N.Y.; during the First World War served as a sergeant in the United States Army; during the Second World War served overseas and was promoted to brigadier general in 1948; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Republican to the Eightieth Congress; reelected to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1947-January 3, 1959); was not a candidate for renomination in 1958; elected to the United States Senate in 1958 and served from January 3, 1959, to January 3, 1965; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1964; elected to New York State Court of Appeals in 1965; served until his resignation in 1969 to become United States Ambassador to India 1969-1972; served as Ambassador to Israel from August 1973, until his death in New York City, May 5, 1975; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Broadcast Pioneers Library
University of Maryland Hornbake Library
College Park, MD
Papers: 2 audiotapes (1963-1964) in Westinghouse Broadcasting Company collection, 1945-1981.

Columbia University
Oral History Project
New York, NY
Oral history: 1968. 127 pages. Topics include congressional service, Eisenhower's relations with Congress, 1958 New York Senate campaign, Judiciary and Space committees. Permission required to cite, quote, and reproduce.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 political letter (September 30, 1970) in the Howard J. Samuels papers. Finding aid.

Cornell University
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: Correspondence in William Henry Hill papers, 1878-1964 (bulk 1918-1964); Caroline Werner Gannett papers, 1888-1978; New York State Farm Bureau Federation records, [ca. 1918-1968]; and campaign materials in Political Campaign collection, 1900-1924, 1956-1964.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library
Abilene, KS
Oral history: 1968. 127 pages. Original at Columbia University.

Georgetown University
Special Collections
Washington, DC
Papers: Material on his 1964 Senate race with Robert Kennedy in Archives of the Fair Campaign Practices Committee, 1954-1976. Ca. 70 feet.

Harvard University
Law School Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Arthur E. Sutherland papers, 1923-1972 (bulk 1950-1972).

Radcliffe College
Schlesinger Library
Cambridge, MA
Papers: In Jessica McCullough Weis papers, 1925-1962; and Mary Elizabeth Dreier papers, 1797-1963 (1897-1963).

Rensselaer County Historical Society
Troy, NY
Papers: In Dean Park Taylor papers, 1926-1977.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: In Postal Union of Manhattan-Bronx clerks records, 1958-1961, on 1 microfilm reel. Permission required.

Syracuse University
George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: Correspondence in Dutton S. Peterson papers, 1892-1965.

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1964. 2 letters. To Lewis Mumford.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library
Rochester, NY
Papers: Ca. 1920-1975 (bulk 1950-1975). 1,200 linear feet. Congressional, business, and personal correspondence and papers; photographs; ca. 400 motion picture films (1953-1964) of Keating's television programs; sound recordings; and memorabilia. Finding aid.
Papers: Correspondence in David Rhys Williams papers, 1912-1970; and Marion Bayard Folsom papers, 1922-1968.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Papers: In Ogden Rogers Reid papers, 1925-1982.

  • Giannottasio, Gerard. "The Judgeship of Kenneth B. Keating and the Limits of Judicial Reform." Ph.D. dissertation, Sate University of New York at Stoney Brook, 1994.
  • Keating, Kenneth B. Government of the People. Cleveland: World Publishing Co., 1964.
  • Paterson, Thomas G. "The Historian as Detective: Senator Kenneth Keating, the Missiles in Cuba, and His Mysterious Sources.'' Diplomatic History 11 (Winter 1987): 67-70.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses and Other Tributes in the Congress of the United States on the Life and Contributions of Kenneth B. Keating. 94th Cong., 1st sess., 1975. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1975.
  • White, Mark Jonathan. "Approaching the Abyss: The Cuban Missile Crisis and the Men Who Made and Resolved It." Ph.D. dissertation, Rutgers University, 1992.