Nebraska Authors

Dwight W. Burney

AKA: Dwight Willard Burney

Born 1892-01-07 Hartington, NE (USA)

Died 1987-03-10
Mesa, AZ (USA)

Buried 1987-03
Hartington Cemetery, NE (USA)

Burney was a teacher, farmer and rancher before starting a career in politics. He served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1945 until 1957 when he accepted the role of Lt. Governor of Nebraska. Burney became the 30th Governor of Nebraska following the death of Governor Ralph Brooks in 1960. Burney resumed his role at Lt. Governor with the inauguration of Frank Morrison as Governor in January of 1961. Burney wrote about his experiences in his book Nebraska's Farmer Governor: Dwight Burney.

Places Lived

Hartington, NE
Vermillion, SD
Lincoln, NE
Polk, NE
Mesa, AZ

Author Of

  • Biography


Memoirs; Governors - Nebraska; Nebraska History


High School Diploma, Hartington High School, Hartington, NE
Bachelor's Degree in Education, 1912, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD


Director of the Hartington Public Schools, Hartington, NE
Nebraska Legislator (1945-1957)
Lt. Governor of Nebraska (1957-1965)
Governor of Nebraska ( September 9, 1960 - January 5, 1961)

Places Worked

Hartington Public Schools
Nebraska Legislature
Nebraska State Government


Burney married his second wife, Grayce Burney, also a Nebraska author, while still in office in 1965


Nebraska's Farmer Governor: Dwight Burney. 1967.

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