Robert Vernon Denney

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Robert Vernon Denney
United States federal judge
In office
March 5, 1971 – June 26, 1981
Nominated by Richard Nixon
Preceded by None (new seat in district)
United States Congressman
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by Clair Callan
Succeeded by Charles Thone
Personal details
Born Robert V. Denney
(1916-04-11)April 11, 1916
Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.
Died June 26, 1981
Omaha, Nebraska
Spouse(s) Ruth Conklin Denney
Alma mater University of Nebraska
Creighton University
Military service
Service/branch United States Marine Corps & Reserve
Years of service 1942–1960
Rank Lieutenant colonel

Robert Vernon Denney (April 11, 1916 – June 26, 1981) was a Nebraska Republican politician and a United States federal judge.

Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Denney graduated from Fairbury High School in 1933. He attended Peru State Teachers College and the University of Nebraska from 1933 to 1936, and received an LL.B. from Creighton University School of Law in 1939. He practiced law in Fairbury, Nebraska from 1939 to 1940 and then became a special agent for Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1940 to 1941, serving in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, in October 1942, with the First Armored Amphibian Battalion. He remained active in United States Marine Corps Reserve until 1960 and retired with rank of lieutenant colonel.

Denney resumed the practice of law in Fairbury from 1945 to 1967, becoming Jefferson County attorney from 1946 to 1951 and Fairbury city attorney from 1951 to 1956. He was chairman of the Jefferson County Republican, and then chairman Nebraska Republican Party. He was elected to the Ninetieth and Ninety-first United States Congresses serving from January 3, 1967 to January 3, 1971. He did not run for reelection to the Ninety-second United States Congress.

On January 28, 1971, Denney was nominated by President Richard M. Nixon to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska created by 84 Stat. 294. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 4, 1971, and received his commission on March 5, 1971. He assumed senior status on April 16, 1981, serving in that capacity until his death, in Omaha, Nebraska. He was buried in Fairbury Cemetery, in Fairbury.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the American Bar Association, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Phi Sigma Kappa, the Freemasons, Knights Templar (Freemasonry), the Shriners and the Lions.

On December 23, 1981 the Robert V. Denney Federal Building and Courthouse in Lincoln, Nebraska was named by President Ronald Reagan.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clair Armstrong Callan (D)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971
Succeeded by
Charles Thone (R)