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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.


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.[3]


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.[4] A founder of the First National Bank of Leavenworth, he also served as Director of the Lawrence and Fort Gibson Railroad Company.[5]

Carney was contemplating a run for the US Senate in 1871, when he admitted that he had accepted $15,000 from Republican senatorial candidate, Alexander Caldwell to leave the race and thereby allow Caldwell's election in 1871.[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.[4]


  1. ^ "The Governor of Kansas was an -".
  2. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. pp. 288.
  3. ^ a b "Thomas Carney". Legends of Kansas. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Thomas Carney". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Thomas Carney". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Election Case of Samuel C. Pomeroy and Alexander Caldwell of Kansas (1873)".

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Charles L. Robinson
Republican nominee for Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Samuel J. Crawford
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles L. Robinson
Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Samuel J. Crawford
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