Edward Danner

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Edward Danner
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 11th district
In office
Succeeded byGeorge W. Althouse
Personal details
Born(1900-02-14)February 14, 1900
Guthrie, Oklahoma U.S.
DiedJanuary 1, 1970(1970-01-01) (aged 69)
ProfessionState Legislator

Edward Danner (February 14, 1900 – January 1970)[1] was a member of the Nebraska state legislature from 1961 until his death in 1970.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Danner was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in 1900. He settled in Omaha.


Danner worked as a butcher in South Omaha.[3] He was both a field representative and a vice president of the United Packinghouse Workers of America, Local 47, which represented laborers in the meat packing industry.[4]

Danner was a Nebraska state senator beginning in 1963, representing North Omaha.[4] He was the only African-American senator during the civil rights era. Many of the legislative issues Danner worked on included bills decriminalizing interracial marriage and working to create laws to have fair housing enacted in Omaha.[5]

In June 1963, Danner spoke at Nebraska's first civil rights march in Lincoln.[6]

Danner died in office in 1970. Governor Norbert Tiemann appointed George W. Althouse to serve the remainder of his term.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Danner was married to Emogene Danner, with whom he had at least seven children.[8]


  1. ^ "Edward Danner - United States Social Security Death Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "Edward Danner, 1901-1970". Nebraska State Historical Society. August 2, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Edward Danner - United States World War I Draft Registration Cards". FamilySearch. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Notable Former Nebraska Legislators: Sen. Edward Danner". Nebraska State Legislature. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  5. ^ Forss, Amy Helene (2013). Black Print with a White Carnation: Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star Newspaper, 1938-1989. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press. pp. 129, 132, 135. ISBN 978-0-803-24690-4. OCLC 900918547. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  6. ^ Young, JoAnne (July 7, 2013). "Courage, tenacity, sacrifice: March through Lincoln still resonates 50 years later". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  7. ^ "Biographies and Photographs: State Legislators: George W. Althouse, District No. 11" (PDF). Nebraska Blue Book 1970-71. p. 252. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  8. ^ "Edward Danner - United States Census, 1940". FamilySearch. Retrieved February 22, 2016.