Charles Thone


Charles Thone

The Honorable Charles Thone was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School on 2 December 1944, Class Number 368. Military Service: Private, Noncommissioned Officer, and Officer in the Infantry during World War II. Served as a Company Commander of a Training Company at Camp Roberts, CA and Fort Blanding, Florida.  He also served in the Field Artillery and the Army Air Corps. | Civilian Accomplishments: Elected Governor of Nebraska November 7, 1978 for 4-year term beginning January 4, 1979; 1971 to 1979, Representative in Congress, Nebraska’s 1st District; 1959 to 1970, Private law practice, Lincoln; 1954 to 1959, Administrative Assistant, U.S. Senator Roman L. Hruska; 1952 to 1954, Assistant U.S. District Attorney, Lincoln; 1951 to 1952, Assistant Nebraska Attorney General; 1951 to 1952, (Part-time) Fieldman for U.S. Senator Dwight Griswold; 1950 to 1951, Deputy Nebraska Secretary of State; In Congress: Elected, 1970; re-elected, 1972, 1974, 1976; Member, House Agriculture Committee and senior Republican on its Department, Investigations, Oversight and Research Subcommittee Member, House Government Operations Committee and senior Republican on its Government Activities and Transportation Subcommittee Assistant Minority Whip. | Civic Activities: 1969-1971, Member Nebraska Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission (elected statewide by fellow lawyers); 1967-1969, Chairman and Charter Member, Lincoln Human Rights Commission; 1966-1967, President, Holmes School (Lincoln) Parent-Teachers Association; 1961-1962, National President, University of Nebraska Alumni Association; 1954-1955, Judge Advocate, Nebraska Department of the American Legion; 1953-1954, President, Nebraska Jaycees (Named by National Jaycees as the Outstanding State President); 1953, Named Lincoln’s Outstanding Young Man; 1952-1953, Commander and Adjutant, American Legion Post No. 3, Lincoln. | Honors include: 1974, University of Nebraska Alumni Achievement Award; 1973, University of Nebraska Masters Program Participant; 1968 to date, Member Board of Governors, John G. Neihardt Foundation. | Life Memberships include: State Parent-Teachers Association; Nebraska State Historical Society; Hartington Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5283; Nebraska B.P.O. Elks, Lincoln Lodge No. 80. | Education: 1950, Graduated from University of Nebraska College of Law. | Republican Activities: 1972, Chairman, Nebraska Delegation, Republican National Convention; 1960 & 1952, Delegate at Large, Republican National Convention; 1959  -  1962, State Chairman, Nebraska Republican Party; 1952, State Chairman, Nebraska Young Republicans; 1951, Chairman, Lancaster County Young Republicans; 1949, President, University of Nebraska Young Republicans.

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Graduated From
Fort Benning, Georgia
Highest Award
University of Nebraska Alumni Achievement Award
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