Edward F. Arn

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Edward F. Arn
32nd Governor of Kansas
In office
January 8, 1951 – January 10, 1955
Lieutenant Fred Hall
Preceded by Frank L. Hagaman
Succeeded by Fred Hall
Attorney General of Kansas
In office
Preceded by Alexander Baldwin Mitchell
Succeeded by Harold Ralph Fatzer
Personal details
Born May 19, 1906
Kansas City, Kansas
Died January 22, 1998 (age 91)
Wichita, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Marcella Ruth Tillmans, Catherine Philippi Ross
Profession attorney, judge

Edward Ferdinand Arn (May 19, 1906 – January 22, 1998) was the 32nd Governor of Kansas from 1951 to 1955.[1]


Arn grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and attended Kansas City Junior College, the University of Kansas, and the Kansas City School of Law.[2] He was married twice - to Marcella R. Tillmans on October 28, 1933 and to Catherine Phillipi Ross. He had two children.


Arn practiced law in Wichita, Kansas until he enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He served as a lieutenant aboard an aircraft carrier that fought in Iwo Jima.

Returning to his law practice, Arn became active in local politics and served as Chairman of the Wyandotte County Republicans. From 1947 to 1949, he served as Attorney General of Kansas, and as an Associate Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court from 1949 to 1951.[3]

Arn won the Republican gubernatorial nomination was elected Governor of Kansas in 1950, re-elected in 1952, and served from 1951 to 1955. This made him the first Governor of Kansas born in the 20th century.[4] During his tenure, the Kansas Turnpike Authority was established, workman's compensation benefits were improved, the Kansas Veteran's Commission was formed, a state department of Administration was organized, and the destructive floods of 1951 were dealt with.

Arn left office on January 10, 1955 and returned to Wichita to practice law. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1960. He ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 1962.


Arn died in a hospital in Wichita January 22, 1998[5] and is interred at the Old Mission Chapel Mausoleum in Wichita.


  1. ^ Edward Arn
  2. ^ "Edward F. Arn". National Governors Association. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Edward F. Arn". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Edward F. Arn". Kansapedia. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Edward F. Arn". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank L. Hagaman
Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Fred Hall