John W. Carlin
|Archivist of the United States|
May 30, 1995 – February 15, 2005
George W. Bush
|Preceded by||Trudy Huskamp Peterson (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Allen Weinstein|
|Chair of the National Governors Association|
July 31, 1984 – August 6, 1985
|Preceded by||James R. Thompson|
|Succeeded by||Lamar Alexander|
|40th Governor of Kansas|
January 8, 1979 – January 12, 1987
|Preceded by||Robert Bennett|
|Succeeded by||Mike Hayden|
|Born||John William Carlin
August 3, 1940
Salina, Kansas, U.S.
Karen Bigsby Hurley
|Education||Kansas State University, Manhattan (BS)|
John William Carlin (born August 3, 1940) is an American politician. He served as the 40th Governor of Kansas from 1979 to 1987, and the Archivist of the United States from May 30, 1995, to February 15, 2005. He teaches at Kansas State University and operates a website to advance civic engagement. Carlin is also a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One.
Carlin was born in Salina, Kansas. He was raised in the Saline County, Kansas community of Smolan. Carlin attended Kansas State University and earned a degree in dairy science in 1962. He was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity.
A dairy farmer, Carlin ran for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives in 1970. He served as Speaker of the Kansas House from 1977 to 1979. In 1979 he became the youngest 20th century governor of Kansas, defeating incumbent Robert Frederick Bennett. In 1990, he lost the Democratic nomination for governor to then-State Treasurer Joan Finney. He also ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, when he was defeated by Sam Brownback.
Carlin chaired the National Governors Association from 1984 to 1985 and the Midwestern Governors Conference.
Appointed by President Bill Clinton, Carlin served as the Archivist of the United States from 1995 to 2005, in Washington, D.C. After a dispute about Executive Order 13233, Carlin's term as archivist was not renewed by the Bush Administration. He served as chair of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission while serving as archivist.
After his retirement, Carlin returned to Manhattan, Kansas, where he serves as a visiting professor, executive-in-residence, in the political science department at Kansas State University and in the university's School of Leadership Studies. He has visited Duke, the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, and Washburn University as visiting professor.
Carlin served as a member of the Kansas Bioscience Authority from July 2006 to August 2012.
In January 2015, Carlin launched a website to explore ideas, stimulate creative thinking, and advance civic engagement. Along with an active social media presence, the site shares his experience and perspective through a blog on current issues, compelling photo and biographical content, and a series of short video clips that can be used as a resource in classrooms, organizations, and for personal learning on the topic of leadership.
- John W. Carlin at Kansas Memory
- Archivists of the United States, 1934–present
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- "Brownback replaces former Gov. John Carlin on Bioscience Authority". LJWorld.com. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
Media related to John Carlin (archivist) at Wikimedia Commons
|Party political offices|
|Democratic nominee for Governor of Kansas
|Governor of Kansas
James R. Thompson
|Chair of the National Governors Association
Trudy Huskamp Peterson
|Archivist of the United States