Dwight W. Burney

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Dwight Willard Burney
Dwight W. Burney.jpg
30th Governor of Nebraska
In office
September 9, 1960 – January 5, 1961
Preceded byRalph G. Brooks
Succeeded byFrank B. Morrison
26th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 10, 1957 – January 7, 1965
GovernorVictor E. Anderson (1957-1959)
Ralph G. Brooks (1959-1960)
Frank B. Morrison (1961-1965)
Preceded byCharles J. Warner
Succeeded byPhilip C. Sorensen
Member of the Nebraska Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1892-01-07)January 7, 1892
Hartington, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedMarch 10, 1987(1987-03-10) (aged 95)
Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of South Dakota

Dwight Willard Burney (January 7, 1892 – March 10, 1987) was an American politician from the state of Nebraska. A Republican, he served as the 30th Governor of Nebraska from 1960 to 1961.

Early life and career[edit]

Burney was born in Hartington, Nebraska, the son of Willard H. Burney, a Representative in the Nebraska legislature in 1919. He attended rural schools and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1912.[1] After graduation, he taught in high schools, farmed and ranched. For 25 years, he was director of the Hartington rural schools.

Political career[edit]

Burney was elected a member of the Nebraska Unicameral in 1945 and won re-election until 1957.[2] He served as Speaker during that time.

In 1957, Burney became the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. Re-elected, he served in that office until he became governor of Nebraska after Gov. Ralph G. Brooks died in office on September 9, 1960. During his tenure, a state sales tax was promoted, and controversy over the firing of Jack Obblick, the Director of State Aeronautics, was handled.[3] He was governor of Nebraska until the inauguration of Gov. Frank B. Morrison in 1961, and served again as Lieutenant Governor until 1965.

Later life[edit]

Burney's wife Edna died in 1962, and he married Grayce Hahn (1907-1994) of Polk, Nebraska on January 1, 1965. Burney and Grayce made their home in Polk.[4] Burney died in his winter home in Mesa, Arizona, on March 10, 1987.[5] He is interred at Hartington, Nebraska. He was a Freemason.


  1. ^ "Nebraska Governor Dwight Willard Burney". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Dwight W. Burney". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Dwight W. Burney". National Governors Association. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Dwight W. Burney" (PDF). Nebraska History.org. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Dwight W. Burney" (PDF). Nebraska History. org. Retrieved 5 October 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles J. Warner
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
January 10, 1957 – January 7, 1965
Succeeded by
Philip C. Sorensen
Preceded by
Ralph G. Brooks
Governor of Nebraska
September 9, 1960 – January 5, 1961
Succeeded by
Frank B. Morrison
Party political offices
Preceded by
Fred A. Seaton
Republican nominee for
Governor of Nebraska

Succeeded by
Norbert Tiemann