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Thomas Carney family papers

Call Number: RH VLT MS 1161


Thomas A. Carney, 1824-1888, served as the second governor of the state of Kansas, and subsequently as the mayor of Leavenworth. The papers also include those of family members, especially his wife Rebecca Ann Canaday Carney. Their five sons were Edwin LeRoy, William Ware, Harry Canaday, Charles Thomas, and Frankie (died in infancy). There is correspondence, newspaper articles, mining certificates, land documents, speeches, and political memorabilia of the time.


  • Creation: 1832 - 1938


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Biography of Thomas A. Carney

Thomas A. Carney was born in Kenton, Ohio, 20 August, 1824, to James and Sarah Carney. Occupations included farming and acting as a merchant in Ohio and farming in Illinois before he moved to Kansas, where he held positions as a merchant, state legislator, governor, mayor of the city of Leavenworth, Director of the Lawrence and Ft. Gibson Railway, and President of the First National Bank of Leavenworth.

Carney's siblings included Dr. Theodore W. (oldest), LeRoy S. (born 10 May, 1826, died 19 November 1860), and Creighton (youngest, died 1886). Half-siblings included Sarah, Harrison, and Caroline Waldron.

Thomas Carney married Rebecca Ann Canady on 13 November, 1851, in Ohio. Their five sons included Edwin LeRoy (born 1853, died 27 July, 1902), a Harvard College graduate, 1875, Leavenworth lawyer, City Attorney 1879-1881, and Mason. He married Mary Fitz-William, daughter of Leavenworth's founder. William Ware (born 5 July, 1854, died 6 May 1927) married Alice Louise Farrell (born 1857, died 1935). Harry Canaday (born 1857, died 1915) worked as a government assayer at Butte, Montana. Charles Thomas (born 1861, died 1938), a Meeker, Colorado, ranchman, married Emilie W. (born 1864, died 1917). Frankie, their youngest, died in infancy (24 December 1863).

Carney died 28 July, 1888 in Leavenworth, Kansas.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case + 1 oversize box)

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RH VLT MS 1161

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Mrs. Elizabeth Barnett, 2009

Related Materials

Thomas Carney correspondence, RH MS P299, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Charles Thomas Carney letterbook, RH MS D99, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Edwin LeRoy Carney business correspondence, RH MS 39, Kenneth Spencer Research LIbrary, University of Kansas

Records of Kansas Governor Thomas Carney, RG 252, State Archives, Kansas Historical Society.

Guide to the Thomas A. Carney Family Collection
Thomas Carney family papers
Finding aid prepared by lmb, 2009; revised by skt, 2010. Finding aid encoded by lmb, 2009; revised by skt, 2010.
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