Charles Thone (January 4, 1924 – March 7, 2018) was an American Republican politician. He was the 34th Governor of Nebraska, serving from 1979 to 1983. He previously served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Nebraska's 1st congressional district, from 1971 to 1979.
|34th Governor of Nebraska|
January 4, 1979 – January 6, 1983
|Preceded by||James Exon|
|Succeeded by||Bob Kerrey|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Nebraska's 1st district
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1979
|Preceded by||Robert Denney|
|Succeeded by||Doug Bereuter|
|Born||January 4, 1924|
Hartington, Nebraska, U.S.
|Died||March 7, 2018 (aged 94)|
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
|Education||University of Nebraska, Lincoln (JD)|
Thone was born in Hartington, Nebraska. He was one of four sons, including John Jr. He graduated from Hartington High School. During World War II, he served in the Infantry and in the field artillery and the Army Air Corps of the United States Army as a non-commissioned officer and as an officer.
Following graduation from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law in 1950, he set up private practice in Lincoln, Nebraska. He served as deputy secretary of state of Nebraska from 1951 to 1952. In 1952, he became President of the Nebraska Junior Chamber of Commerce. He married Ruth Raymond on August 16, 1953. From 1954 to 1970, he served as Administrative Assistant to U.S. Senator Roman Hruska.
Thone was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1970, representing Nebraska's 1st congressional district from 1971 to 1979. During his tenure in Congress, he served as assistant minority whip, and on the House Select Committee on Assassinations.
In the 1978 election, he was elected the 34th Governor of Nebraska, a post he held until he was narrowly defeated for reelection in the 1982 election by Bob Kerrey, leaving office in January 1983. He chaired the Old West Economic Development Commission from 1981 to 1982, and the Agricultural Committee of the President's Export Council from 1982 to 1985.
After retiring from public life, he practiced law in Lincoln, Nebraska at the law office of Erickson and Sederstrom.
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The four Nebraska Republicans who will cast electoral ballots this year on behalf of John McCain are longtime party stalwarts: former Nebraska Gov. Charles Thone of Lincoln...
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- Stoddard, Martha (March 7, 2018). "Former Nebraska Gov. Charles Thone dies at 94". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
- Walton, Don (March 7, 2018). "Former Nebraska Gov. Charley Thone dies at 94". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st congressional district
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for Governor of Nebraska
Kay A. Orr
| Governor of Nebraska