Keenan, Joseph Berry, 1888-1954

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Lawyer. LL.B., Harvard, 1913. Admitted to Ohio bar, 1913. Practiced law in Cleveland, 1913-1939; Wash., D.C., 1939-1954. In U.S. Attorney General's Office as special assistant and assistant, Criminal Div. of Dept. of Justice, 1933; assistant to U.S. Attorney General, 1936-1939. U.S. Chief of Counsel for prosecution in trials of Japanese war criminals, Tokyo, 1946. Served in World War I in France and in Judge Advocate General's Office.

From the description of Papers of Joseph Berry Keenan, 1942-1947 (inclusive). (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 122574901

  • 1888: January 11. Born, Pawtucket R.I. son of Bernard A. and Sara (Berry) Keenan
  • 1910: A.B., M.A., Brown University
  • 1913: LL.B., Harvard Law School
  • 1913: Admitted to Ohio bar
  • 1919: Appointed special assistant to Attorney General of Ohio to investigate crime
  • 1920: July 7. Married Charlotte Quigley. Their children: William Quigley, Joseph Berry, Betty Jean, John David.
  • 1930: Formed firm of Keenan & Butler
  • 1933: July. Appointed special assistant to Attorney General of U.S. to investigate crime
  • 1933: October. Assistant Attorney General of U.S. in charge of criminal division of Dept. of Justice
  • 1946: U.S. chief of counsel for prosecution in trials of Japanese war criminals, Tokyo Japan
  • 1954: Dec. 8. Died

From the guide to the Papers, 1942-1947, (Harvard Law School, Harvard University)

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creatorOf United States. Attorney-General. Correspondence to Johan Thorsten Sellin, 1935. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Keenan, Joseph Berry, 1888-1954. Papers of Joseph Berry Keenan, 1942-1947 (inclusive). Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
referencedIn Hand, Learned, 1872-1961. Papers, 1840-1961 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
creatorOf Joseph Berry Keenan Papers, 1942-1947 Harvard Law School, HarvardUniversity
creatorOf Lowe, Ottowell Sykes, Sr., d. 1975. Japanese war trial papers, 1945-1948. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Glueck, Sheldon, 1896-1990. Papers, 1916-1972 Harvard Law School Library Langdell Hall Cambridge, MA 02138
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Japan
Subject
War criminals
Lawyers
War crime trials
War crime trials--Japan
World War, 1939-1945--Japan
Occupation
Lawyers
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Birth 1888-01-11

Death 1954-12-08

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