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Francis Valentine Keesling

business executive.

Francis Valentine Keesling, business executive.


Keesling, Francis Valentine was born on February 17, 1877 in San Jose, California, United States. Son of Francis Marion and Mary (Nunez) Keesling.


Bachelor of Arts, Stanford, 1898.


Francis V., Junior, William Hubert, Jeanne (Mistress Thomas Burgess Laird, Junior). Admitted to California bar, 1898, practiced at San Francisco. Member of law firm Keesling & Keesling.

President, director West Coast Life Insurance Company, San Francisco, 1938-1949, Chairman of the Board since 1949. Director, Chairman of the Board Blair Holdings Corporation, New York. California Insurance Federation (president since 1942).

Special assistant to attorney general United States, 1941 (hearing office Northern District California for appeals of conscientious objectors).


Member National Guard California 1901-1909, retiring as major (commanding artillery battalion, San Francisco fire, 1906). Chairman Republican State Central Committee, California, 1914-1916. Member Board Freeholders of San Francisco (wrote new charter of the city and county, chairman drafting committee), 1930.

Member State Committee on Inter-governmental Relations, 1946-1948. Member Executive Committee 1930-1936. Member Association Life Insurance Counsel (chairman of the executive committee 1927-1928.

Member American Bar Association, State Bar California (member committee bar examiners, 1928-1929. Member of the Board of Governors 1921-1930), Bar Association San Francisco (governor 1928-1929), Stanford Alumni Association (president 1930), Stanford Law Society (president 1932-1933), California Insurance Federation (president), Newcomen Society, Council National Municipal League 1941-1948, American Judicature Society, Stanford Associates (member Executive Committee. Member of the Board of Governors 1936-1942), Sigma Nu (regent 1906-1908), Phi Delta Phi.

Mason (33°, past grand master California, grand treasurer Grand Lodge, California). Clubs: Pacific-Union, Commonwealth (quarterly chairman 1941.


Married Haidee Grau, November 19, 1903. Children: Jacqueline (Mistress.

Francis Marion Keesling

Mary (Nunez) Keesling

Haidee Grau

Jacqueline (Mrs Keesling