Thomas Carney

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Thomas Carney
2nd Governor of Kansas
In office
January 12, 1863 – January 9, 1865
LieutenantThomas Andrew Osborn
Preceded byCharles L. Robinson
Succeeded bySamuel J. Crawford
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
Personal details
BornAugust 20, 1824
Delaware County, Ohio
DiedJuly 28, 1888(1888-07-28) (aged 63)
Leavenworth, Kansas
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Rebecca Ann Canaday
Professionfarmer, dry-goods merchant, wholesaler, banker

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

Biography[change | change source]

Carney was born in Delaware County, Ohio. His parents were James and Jane (Ostrander)[1] Carney. James died in 1828, making his wife a widow, and it left four young sons without a father.[2] Thomas stayed at home, farming with his mother, until he turned 19 years old. He studied in Berkshire, Ohio. He lived there with an uncle. He worked in mercantile businesses. He created a successful wholesale business in Leavenworth, Kansas.[3] He was elected to the Kansas Legislature in 1861. He married Rebecca Ann Cannady on November 13, 1861.[4]

Career[change | change source]

After he was State Representative, Carney was elected Governor of Kansas. He was governor from 1863 through 1865. While he was governor, he focused on developing the state and solving the problems caused by the Civil War. He was elected Mayor of Leavenworth in 1865.[5] He created the First National Bank of Leavenworth. He was also director of the Lawrence and Fort Gibson Railroad Company.[6] He continued in business until 1875.

Death[change | change source]

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

References[change | change source]

  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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