KELLER, Oscar Edward, (1878 - 1927)


KELLER, Oscar Edward, a Representative from Minnesota; born in Helenville, Jefferson County, Wis., July 30, 1878; attended the public schools and the University of Wisconsin at Madison; moved to Minnesota in 1901 and settled in St. Paul; employed as a billing clerk and later engaged in mercantile pursuits; member of the city council of St. Paul 1910-1914; city commissioner 1914-1919; commissioner of public utilities from 1914 until July 1, 1919; elected as an Independent Republican to the Sixty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Carl C. Van Dyke; reelected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh, Sixty-eighth, and Sixty-ninth Congresses and served from July 1, 1919, to March 3, 1927; chairman, Committee on Railways and Canals (Sixty-eighth and Sixty-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1926; engaged in the real estate business; died in St. Paul, Minn., November 21, 1927; interment in Elmhurst Cemetery.