William J. Keating


William J. Keating
William J. Keating 93rd Congress 1973.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1974
Preceded byRobert Taft Jr.
Succeeded byTom Luken
Personal details
William John Keating

(1927-03-30)March 30, 1927
Cincinnati, Ohio, US
DiedMay 20, 2020(2020-05-20) (aged 93)
Cincinnati, Ohio, US
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Cincinnati

William John Keating (March 30, 1927 – May 20, 2020) was an American businessman and politician of the Republican party.


Keating was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Adele (née Kipp) and Charles Humphrey Keating. Keating graduated from St. Xavier High School and then served in the United States Navy during World War II. He received his bachelor's degree from University of Cincinnati and his law degree from University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Keating was an assistant Ohio Attorney General. He was admitted to the Ohio bar. He served as Cincinnati Municipal Court judge and then served as judge of the Hamilton County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas from 1964-67. From 1967-70, he served on the Cincinnati City Council.[1]

Keating served in the United States House of Representatives from 1971–74, representing Ohio's 1st congressional district. Keating resigned from Congress to become President and CEO of The Cincinnati Enquirer.[2]

Keating was a founding member of the law firm Keating, Muething and Klekamp. He was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Cincinnati (LLD & DHL), Xavier University (LLD), and the College of Mount St Joseph (DHL).[citation needed]

Keating was CEO of the Detroit Newspaper Partnership, a joint operation of The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. He served as chairman of the board of the Associated Press. He was president of the Newspaper Division of Gannett Company, Inc.[citation needed] Keating died on May 20, 2020.[3]


Keating was heavily involved in the sport of swimming and is a member of the athletic Halls of Fame at St Xavier High School – where he graduated in 1945[4] – and the University of Cincinnati for his accomplishments, as are his brother Charles H. Keating Jr. (St Xavier and UC), son Bill (St Xavier and UC) and nephew Charles Keating III (St Xavier and Indiana University).[citation needed]


  1. ^ William J. Keating profile, bioguide.congress.gov; accessed August 22, 2017.
  2. ^ Keating giving up seat for post at newspaper, news.google.com; accessed August 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Bill Keating, former congressman and Enquirer publisher, dead at 93". Fox 19. Retrieved 21 May 2020.
  4. ^ "1993 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees". St. Xavier High School. Retrieved 2007-02-08.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Taft Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Tom Luken