Biography of Hon. William Kehoe
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





HON. WILLIAM KEHOE. - Politics in the hands of a man like Senator Kehoe is a straightforward matter requiring earnestness of purpose and energy of temperament; with him, politics never descends to partisanship, but partakes of the elements of statesmanship and contains the loftiest patriotism of spirit. More than a decade before a Progressive party had been formed in California he had put forward as his favorite principles such measures as lie at the basis of that organization. On these principles he had rested his policy as a citizen, as a lawyer and as a public official. With their aid he has become known for largeness of views and breadth of civic vision. In various bills and measures they have taken visible form, always for the well being of the state and the advancement of its citizens.

A lifelong resident of Northern California and of the coast country, William Kehoe was born at Greenwood, Mendocino county, September 12, 1876, and at the age of seven years in 1883 accompanied other members of the family to Humboldt county, where he completed a public school education. From early life he directed his studies with the law as his objective occupation, and the consummation of his hopes, as well as the beginning of his professional responsibilities, came with his graduation in 1899 from the law department of the University of Michigan. During the same year he was admitted to practice in the courts of California. Returning to Eureka, he opened an office in this city, where he has since risen to merited prominence as a lawyer and public man, and where also he has participated in business as vice president of the Alderpoint Development Company and secretary of the Mattole Development Company. His family consists of his wife, Mrs. Ella (Cook) Kehoe, a native of the town of Wiconisco, Pa., and one son, Harold B. Elected to the state assemble from the second California district in 1908, he served with efficiency. At the expiration of his term he was reelected to the assembly and was chosen chairman of the judiciary committee. In 1912 he was elected senator from the first senatorial district and in the session of 1913 he acted as chairman of the committee on corporations, a member of the judiciary committee and a worker on five other committees of importance, meanwhile introducing and taking a very prominent part in the passage of the immigration bill, the water conservation bill and the forestry bill, all measures vitally close to the permanent welfare of the state and the best interests of the people.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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