William John Keefe

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William John Keefe
Judge of the United States Customs Court
In office
June 13, 1933 – January 15, 1947
Appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preceded by George M. Young
Succeeded by Jed Joseph Johnson
Personal details
Born (1873-11-17)November 17, 1873
Clinton, Iowa
Died September 14, 1955(1955-09-14) (aged 81)
Bronxville, New York
Alma mater University of Iowa College of Law LL.B.
Profession Judge

William John Keefe (November 17, 1873 – September 14, 1955) was a Judge for the United States Customs Court.


Keefe was born on November 17, 1873, in Clinton, Iowa. He received a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1894 from the University of Iowa College of Law. He worked in private practice in Clinton from 1895 to 1902 and again from 1910 to 1933. He served as county attorney for Clinton County from 1902 to 1910.[1]

Federal Judicial Service[edit]

On June 8, 1933, President Roosevelt nominated Keefe to serve as a Judge for the United States Customs Court, to the seat vacated by Judge George M. Young. He was confirmed by the Senate on June 10, 1933, and he received his commission on June 13, 1933. He retired from the court on January 15, 1947 and was succeeded by Judge Jed Joseph Johnson.[2]


Keefe died on September 14, 1955, in Bronxville, New York.[3]