He was the son of Capt. William Keyes (b. 1740) and Hannah (Scarborough) Keyes. On November 20, 1796, he married Lorinda White, and they had three children. They moved to Rutland, New York in 1800.
Keyes was an associate judge of the Jefferson County Court in 1807, and Sheriff of Jefferson County from 1808 to 1812.
He was a member of the New York State Senate (Western D.) from 1814 to 1815, sitting in the 37th and 38th; and (Eastern D.) from 1816 to 1817, sitting in the 39th and 40th New York State Legislatures. While in the Senate, Keyes was nominated on November 18, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 9, 1814, as Collector of Customs at Sackett's Harbor. He was also a member of the Council of Appointment in 1816.
- Genealogy of the Descendants of John White of Wenham and Lancaster, Mass. by Almira Larkin White (1900; Vol. 2; pg. 430)
- History of Acworth by John Leverett Merrill (pg. 233)
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 122f, 125ff, 142 and 401; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
- Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the U.S. Senate (1828; Vol. II; pg. 586-590)
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1824 - 1827
Nathaniel S. Benton