Congressman Kent Keller (D-IL) was president of the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC from 1935 to 1937.
Rep. Keller was born on a farm near Campbell Hill, Jackson County, Ill., June 4, 1867; attended the public schools in Ava, Ill.; was graduated from Southern Illinois Normal University at Carbondale in 1890. He founded the Ava Community High School in 1889 and 1890; attended Heidelberg University, Germany, in 1891 and 1892; was graduated from St. Louis (Mo.) Law School in 1896; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Ava, Ill. He served in the Illinois State Senate 1913-1917; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1916; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1941); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1940 and in 1942 and in 1944. He served as special adviser to the United States Ambassador at Mexico City from June 1945 to August 1946; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1948 adn in 1950. Keller died in Ava, Ill., September 3, 1954; interment in Ava Evergreen Cemetery.