Richard Boykin Kellam

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Richard Boykin Kellam
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
In office
Nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Robert G. Doumar
Personal details
Born (1909-05-30)May 30, 1909
Princess Anne County, Virginia, U.S.
Died June 8, 1996(1996-06-08) (aged 87)
Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
Children Phillip Kellam

Richard Boykin Kellam (May 30, 1909 – June 8, 1996) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Princess Anne County, Virginia, Kellam read law to enter the bar in 1934. He was in private practice in Virginia from 1934 to 1960. He was a judge on the Circuit Court, 28th Judicial Circuit of Virginia from 1960 to 1967.

On July 17, 1967, Kellam was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia created by 80 Stat. 75. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 18, 1967, and received his commission on August 25, 1967. He served as chief judge from 1973 to 1979, and assumed senior status on May 30, 1981. Kellam served in that capacity until his death, in 1996, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Kellam was part of a well known political family in Southeast Virginia. His father, Abel Kellam, served as clerk of the Princess Anne Circuit Court for 20 years.[1] The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, is officially named the Lucius J. Kellam Jr. Bridge-Tunnel, named after an uncle. Floyd E. Kellam High School is named after a brother who was a circuit court judge. Another brother, Sidney Kellam, was the county's political leader for 40 years and engineered the merger of Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County.[2][3] His son, Phillip Kellam was Commissioner of the Revenue for Virginia Beach for 12 years and later ran unsuccessfully for Congress.


  1. ^ Dougherty, Kerry (November 30, 2006). "Mrs. Kellam remembered for more than famous name". The Virginian Pilot. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Beach revenue commissioner files to run for Congress -, 23 August 2006". Archived from the original on August 23, 2006. Retrieved August 23, 2006. 


Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Succeeded by
Robert G. Doumar