Roger Joseph Kiley

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Roger Joseph Kiley
Kiley at Notre Dame
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Position End
Career history
College Notre Dame (1919–1920)
Personal information
Born: (1900-10-23)October 23, 1900
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: September 6, 1974(1974-09-06) (aged 73)
Career highlights and awards
  • All-American (1920)

Roger Joseph Kiley (October 23, 1900 – September 6, 1974) was an American football player and later a United States federal judge.

Notre Dame[edit]

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kiley was a prominent end for Knute Rockne's Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and one of the sports' first great pass catchers, paired with Eddie Anderson and catching passes from George Gipp.[1] He graduated with an LL.B. from Notre Dame Law School in 1923.

Professional football[edit]

Kiley played for a short time with the Chicago Cardinals.

Coaching career[edit]

He was a college athletic coach from 1922 to 1932.

Law career[edit]

He was in private practice in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1940. He was a member of the Chicago Board of Aldermen, Illinois, from 1933 to 1940. He was a judge on the Superior Court of Cook County, Illinois in 1940. He was a judge on the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, Chicago, Illinois from 1941 to 1961.

Kiley was a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Kiley was nominated by President John F. Kennedy on June 20, 1961, to a seat vacated by William Lynn Parkinson. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 27, 1961, and received his commission on June 30, 1961. He assumed senior status on January 1, 1974. Kiley served in that capacity until his death.


  1. ^ "Roger Kiley, Notre Dame, is Playing Spectacular Game So Far This Year". The Kansas City Kansan. October 25, 1921. p. 8. Retrieved October 25, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read


Legal offices
Preceded by
William Lynn Parkinson
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Succeeded by
Philip Willis Tone