Dwight W. Burney

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Dwight Willard Burney
30th Governor of Nebraska
In office
September 9, 1960 – January 5, 1961
Preceded by Ralph G. Brooks
Succeeded by Frank B. Morrison
26th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
In office
1957–1965
Governor Victor E. Anderson (1957-1959)
Ralph G. Brooks (1959-1960)
Frank B. Morrison (1961-1965)
Preceded by Charles J. Warner
Succeeded by Philip C. Sorensen
Personal details
Born (1892-01-07)January 7, 1892
Hartington, Nebraska, U.S.
Died March 10, 1987(1987-03-10) (aged 95)
Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Edna C. Wales Burney (1914-1961, her death)
Grayce Hahn Burney (1965-1987, his death)
Alma mater University of South Dakota

Dwight Willard Burney (January 7, 1892 – March 10, 1987) was a Nebraska Republican politician. He served as the 30th Governor of Nebraska from 1960 to 1961.

Burney was born in Hartington, Nebraska, the son of Willard H. Burney, Representative in the Nebraska legislature in 1919. He attended rural schools and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1912.[1] After graduation he taught in high schools, farmed and ranched. He married Edna C. Wales on December 2, 1914 and they had two sons, Donald and Keith.[2]

Career[edit]

Burney was director of the Hartington rural schools for twenty-five years, engaged in farming and ranching, and was leader of 4-H Club work for eleven years. Burney was elected a member of the Nebraska Unicameral in 1945 and won reelection until 1957.[3] He served as Speaker during that time.

In 1957, Burney became the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. Reelected, he served in that office until he became governor of Nebraska after Ralph G. Brooks died in office on September 9, 1960. During his tenure, a state sales tax was promoted, and controversy over the firing of Jack Obblick, State Aeronautics Director, was handled.[4] He was governor of Nebraska until the inauguration of Frank B. Morrison in 1961, and served again as Lieutenant Governor until 1965.

Later life[edit]

Burney's wife Edna died in 1962, and he married Grayce Hahn (1907-1994) of Polk, Nebraska on January 1, 1965. Burney and Grayce made their home in Polk.[5] Burney died in his winter home in Mesa, Arizona, on March 10, 1987.[6] He is interred at Hartington, Nebraska. He was a freemason.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nebraska Governor Dwight Willard Burney". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dwight W. Burney". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dwight W. Burney". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dwight W. Burney". National Governors Association. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dwight W. Burney" (PDF). Nebraska History.org. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dwight W. Burney" (PDF). Nebraska History. org. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Martin J. Mischke
Nebraska State Senator - District 14
1945–1957
Succeeded by
Julius W. Burbach
Preceded by
Charles F. Tvrdik
Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature
1955–1956
Succeeded by
John E. Beaver
Preceded by
Charles J. Warner
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
1957-1960, 1961-1965
Succeeded by
Philip C. Sorensen
Preceded by
Ralph G. Brooks
Governor of Nebraska
1960–1961
Succeeded by
Frank B. Morrison