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Dwight Willard Burney

Birthplace: Hartington, Cedar, NE, United States
Death: March 10, 1987 (95)
Mesa, Maricopa, AZ, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Willard Hughes Burney and Julia Alcena Jones
Husband of Edna Castle Wales
Father of Donald Eugene Burney; Willard Wales Burney; Howard Keith Burney and Dwight Burney

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About Dwight W. Burney, Governor


Dwight Willard Burney (January 7, 1892 – March 10, 1987) was a Nebraska Republican politician. He served as the 30th Governor of Nebraska.

Burney was born in Hartington, Nebraska, the son of Willard H. Burney, Representative in the Nebraska legislature in 1919. He attended rural schools and graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1912. After graduation he taught in high schools, farmed and ranched. He married Edna C. Wales on December 2, 1914 and they had two sons, Donald and Keith.


Burney was director of the Hartington rural schools for twenty-five years, engaged in farming and ranching, and was leader of 4-H Club work for eleven years. Burney was elected a member of the Nebraska Unicameral in 1945 and won reelection until 1957. He served as Speaker during that time.

In 1957, Burney became the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. Reelected, he served in that office until he became governor of Nebraska after 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, State Aeronautics Director, was handled. He was governor of Nebraska until the inauguration of Frank B. Morrison in 1961, and served again as Lieutenant Governor until 1965.

Later life

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.


Burney died in his winter home in Mesa, Arizona, on March 10, 1987. He is interred at Hartington, Nebraska. He was a freemason.

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Dwight W. Burney, Governor's Timeline

January 7, 1892
Hartington, Cedar, NE, United States
July 14, 1920
March 10, 1987
Age 95
Mesa, Maricopa, AZ, United States