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Robert Vernon Denney

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Robert Vernon Denney
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
In office
April 16, 1981 – June 26, 1981
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
In office
March 5, 1971 – April 16, 1981
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded bySeat established by 84 Stat. 294
Succeeded byC. Arlen Beam
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971
Preceded byClair Armstrong Callan
Succeeded byCharles Thone
Personal details
Robert Vernon Denney

(1916-04-11)April 11, 1916
Council Bluffs, Iowa
DiedJune 26, 1981(1981-06-26) (aged 65)
Omaha, Nebraska
EducationCreighton University School of Law (LL.B.)

Robert Vernon Denney (April 11, 1916 – June 26, 1981) was a Nebraska Republican politician, a United States Representative and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Education and career

Born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Denney graduated from Fairbury High School in 1933. He attended Peru State Teachers College and the University of Nebraska from 1933 to 1936, and received a Bachelor of Laws from Creighton University School of Law in 1939. He practiced law in Fairbury, Nebraska from 1939 to 1940 and then became a special agent for Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1940 to 1941, serving in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, Illinois. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, in October 1942, with the First Armored Amphibian Battalion. He remained active in United States Marine Corps Reserve until 1960 and retired with rank of lieutenant colonel. Denney resumed the practice of law in Fairbury from 1945 to 1967, becoming Jefferson County attorney from 1946 to 1951 and Fairbury city attorney from 1951 to 1956. He was Chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party, and then Chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party. He was elected to the Ninetieth and Ninety-first United States Congresses serving from January 3, 1967 to January 3, 1971. He did not run for reelection to the Ninety-second United States Congress.[1]

Federal judicial service

On January 28, 1971, Denney was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska created by 84 Stat. 294. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 4, 1971, and received his commission on March 5, 1971. He assumed senior status due to a certified disability on April 16, 1981, serving in that capacity until his death on June 26, 1981, in Omaha, Nebraska.[1] He was buried in Fairbury Cemetery, in Fairbury.[citation needed]


Denney was a member of the Presbyterian Church, the American Bar Association, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Phi Sigma Kappa, the Freemasons, Knights Templar (Freemasonry), the Shriners and the Lions.[citation needed]


On December 23, 1981 the Robert V. Denney Federal Building and Courthouse in Lincoln, Nebraska was named by President Ronald Reagan.[citation needed]

See also



  • "Denney, Robert Vernon". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved February 28, 2006.
  • This article incorporates facts obtained from: Lawrence Kestenbaum, The Political Graveyard
  • Robert V Denney at the United States District Court - District of Nebraska*
  • United States Congress. "Robert Vernon Denney (id: D000239)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-04-02
  • Robert Vernon Denney at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clair Armstrong Callan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles Thone
Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 84 Stat. 294
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
Succeeded by
C. Arlen Beam
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