Thomas Carney

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Thomas Carney
2nd Governor of Kansas
In office
January 12, 1863 – January 9, 1865
Lieutenant Thomas Andrew Osborn
Preceded by Charles L. Robinson
Succeeded by Samuel J. Crawford
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
Personal details
Born August 20, 1824
Delaware County, Ohio
Died July 28, 1888(1888-07-28) (aged 63)
Leavenworth, Kansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rebecca Ann Canaday
Profession farmer, dry-goods merchant, wholesaler, banker
Religion Presbyterian (preference)

Thomas Carney (August 20, 1824 – July 28, 1888) was the second Governor of Kansas.


Carney was born in Delaware County, Ohio to James and Jane (Ostrander)[1] Carney. James died in 1828, leaving a widow and four young sons.[2] Thomas remained at home farming with his mother until age 19. He was educated in Berkshire, Ohio where he lived with an uncle. He worked in mercantile businesses and finally established a successful wholesale business in Leavenworth, Kansas.[3] The year he was elected to the state legislature, he married Rebecca Ann Cannady.[4]


After his term as State Representative, Carney was elected Governor of Kansas and served from 1863 through 1865. During his tenure, he devoted his efforts to developing the state and addressing the issues caused by the Civil War. He was elected Mayor of Leavenworth in 1865.[5] A founder of the First National Bank of Leavenworth, he also served as Director of the Lawrence and Fort Gibson Railroad Company.[6] He continued in business until 1875.


Carney died on July 28, 1888,in Leavenworth, Kansas from apoplexy and is buried there in Mount Muncie Cemetery.[7]


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  2. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 288. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Carney". Legends of Kansas. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Thomas Carney". Legends of Kansas. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Thomas Carney". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Thomas Carney". National Governors Association. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Thomas Carney". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles L. Robinson
Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Samuel J. Crawford