Hastings Keith

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Hastings Keith
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byDonald W. Nicholson
Succeeded byGerry Studds
Constituency9th district (1959–1963)
12th district (1963–1973)
Personal details
Born(1915-11-22)November 22, 1915
Brockton, Massachusetts
DiedJuly 19, 2005(2005-07-19) (aged 89)
Brockton, Massachusetts
Resting placeUnion Cemetery
Brockton, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Vermont
Harvard University
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/serviceArmy Reserves
Battles/warsWorld War II
Awards World War II Victory

Hastings Keith (November 22, 1915 – July 19, 2005) was a United States representative from Massachusetts.

Keith was born in Brockton, Massachusetts on November 22, 1915. He graduated from Brockton High School, Deerfield Academy, and the University of Vermont in 1938. He performed graduate work at Harvard University. He was a member of the faculty of the Boston University Evening College of Commerce.

In 1933, he was a student in the Citizens' Military Training Camps. He served as a battery officer in the Massachusetts National Guard. During the Second World War, he served in the United States Army with eighteen months' overseas service in Europe. Keith was a graduate of the Command and General Staff School, and was a colonel in the US Army Reserve. He was a salesman and later district manager for the Equitable Life Assurance Society in Boston. He was a member of the Massachusetts Senate, a partner in a general insurance firm in Brockton, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in 1956.

He was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1973). On April 19, 1974 President Nixon appointed Hastings Keith of Massachusetts as a Member of the Defense Manpower Commission. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1972 to the Ninety-third Congress, but was a candidate for nomination in 1992 to the One Hundred Third Congress until he withdrew from the race. He died in Brockton on July 19, 2005. He was buried at Union Cemetery in Brockton.[1]

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  1. ^ "Obituary: Hastings Keith". South Coast Today. New Bedford, MA. January 22, 2005.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 9th congressional district

January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1963
(District moved)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 12th congressional district

January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1973
Succeeded by