|2nd Governor of Ohio|
March 4, 1807 – December 12, 1808
|Preceded by||Edward Tiffin|
|Succeeded by||Samuel H. Huntington|
County Tyrone, Ireland
|Died||February 20, 1837
Adams County, Ohio
Kirker was born in County Tyrone, Ireland. He moved with his family to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1779. Kirker married Sarah Smith in 1790, and moved with his wife to Kentucky. Three years later, they moved to Liberty Township, Adams County, Ohio.
While serving as Speaker of the Senate, Kirker became Governor upon the resignation of Edward Tiffin to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. Kirker's term was extended through the 1807–1808 meeting of the Assembly due to the disqualification of Return J. Meigs, Jr. who had won the 1807 election to the governorship but had been disqualified by the Assembly as he had not met the residency requirements.
Kirker ran for re-election in 1808, but lost badly to Samuel H. Huntington. Kirker later returned to the Assembly, serving in the House of Representatives from 1816 to 1817 and in the State Senate from 1821 to 1825.
Kirker retired from politics, and returned to his home at his Liberty Township farm. Upon his death he was buried in a family burial plot on the farm.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Thomas Kirker.|
- "Thomas Kirker". Ohio Historical Society. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
- "Thomas Kirker". Ohio History Central. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
- "First Constitutional Convention, Convened November 1, 1802". Ohio Archaeological and Historical Publications V: 131–132. 1896.
- "Thomas Kirker". Ohio Historical Society. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
- Taylor 1899 : 145
- Thomas Kirker at Find a Grave
- Taylor, William Alexander; Taylor, Aubrey Clarence (1899). Ohio statesmen and annals of progress: from the year 1788 to the year 1900 ... 1. State of Ohio. p. 145.
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