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Russell Watson Keeney (December 29, 1897 – January 11, 1958) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Russell W. Keeney
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1957 – January 11, 1958
Preceded byChauncey W. Reed
Succeeded byElmer J. Hoffman
Personal details
Russell Watson Keeney

(1897-12-29)December 29, 1897
Pittsfield, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 11, 1958(1958-01-11) (aged 60)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jane Perrier Perkins
Marge LaSchiavo Sansone
Alma materDePaul University (LL.B., LL.M.)

Born in Pittsfield, Illinois, Keeney attended grade and high schools in Naperville, Illinois. He graduated from De Paul University, Chicago, Illinois, in 1919 and in 1921. He was admitted to the bar in 1919 and commenced the practice of law in Naperville, Illinois. In 1920 became Justice of the Peace of Lisle Township and in 1924 town clerk. He served as assistant State's attorney until 1935. State's attorney of Du Page County 1936-1939. County judge of Du Page County 1940-1952. Circuit judge of the sixteenth judicial district of Illinois 1953-1956.

Keeney was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-fifth Congress and served from January 3, 1957, until his death in Bethesda, Maryland, January 11, 1958. He was interred in Naperville (Illinois) Protestant Cemetery.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Russell W. Keeney (id: K000042)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Chauncey W. Reed
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 14th congressional district

January 3, 1957 - January 11, 1958
Succeeded by
Elmer J. Hoffman