Born in 1914 near Keene, North Dakota, Brooks Keogh was the son of a rancher, and ranching and the cattle industry remained his abiding interest throughout his life. He took a very active part in establishing legislation in Congress to protect the American cattle industry from the incursions of imported beef. As president of the American National Cattlemen's Association in 1964-65, Brooks was present when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Beef Import Act of 1964 into law. Brooks also ran a registered and commercial Hereford cattle operation and in addition, a noted quarter horse breeding program. He was also involved with several agricultural organizations and groups, including the ND Livestock Sanitary Board, the ND Stockmen's Association, and the ND Farm Bureau. Ever mindful of the future, Brooks did not forget the past - he was on of the original trustees of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and chaired the ND Heritage Center Fundraising Committee. He was honored many times by his peers for his accomplishments. Some of those awards include being named "Man of the Year" by NDSU's Saddle and Sirloin Club in 1966 and selected as the Greater North Dakota Association's "Greater North Dakotan Man of the Year" in 1983.
Year Inducted: 1998