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Payne Ratner scrapbooks

Call Number: RH MS D234


Scrapbooks of Payne Ratner, the twenty-eighth Governor of the state of Kansas.


  • Creation: 1940 - 1942


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Biography of Payne Ratner.

Payne Harry Ratner was born in Casey, Illinois, on October 3, 1896, to Harry H. and Julia Ann (Miller) Ratner. When he was young the family moved to Blackwell, Oklahoma, and there he attended school. During World War I he served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. He earned a law degree at Washington University in St. Louis in 1920.

He married Cliffe Dodd in Selby, Iowa, on August 21, 1920; they had three children. Ratner first practiced law in Sibley, Iowa; but moved to Parsons in 1920. He served as Labette County attorney from 1923 to 1927. He was then elected to the Kansas Senate in 1929, and re-elected in 1937.

In 1938 he was elected as the 28th governor of Kansas. He was sworn in on January 9, 1939. He was re-elected in 1940. Governor Ratner oversaw the state's transition to a wartime economy. The departments of labor and revenue and taxation were created and the highway commission was given authority over the vehicle department. The state fire marshal's office, hotel commission, and inspector of restaurants were re-established. A teacher's pension plan was implemented and a permanent building fund for schools was authorized. Ratner left office on January 11, 1943, and retired from politics.

On December 27, 1974, Ratner died in Wichita. [biography information from: kansapedia Kansas Historical Society]


2 volume (ill., ports) ; 28 cm.

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Scope and Contents

The two scrapbooks in this collection are comprised of clippings from various Kansas newspapers documenting the career of Ratner while in office.

Physical Location

RH MS D234

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer from Kb H2 R189

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Payne Ratner Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS D234, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States