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John Carlin

In office
January 8, 1979 – January 12, 1987
Lieutenant Paul Dugan
Thomas Docking
Preceded by Robert F. Bennett
Succeeded by Mike Hayden

In office
1984 – 1985
Preceded by James R. Thompson
Succeeded by Lamar Alexander

In office
May 30, 1995 – February 15, 2005
Preceded by Trudy Huskamp Peterson
Succeeded by Allen Weinstein

Born August 3, 1940 (1940-08-03) (age 69)
Salina, Kansas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Karen Bigsby
Lynn Carlin
Profession Dairyman, Bank director, Politician, Professor
Religion Lutheran

John William Carlin (born August 3, 1940, in Salina, Kansas[1]) served as fortieth Governor of Kansas from 1979 to 1987, and Archivist of the United States from May 30, 1995, to February 15, 2005[2].


Carlin was raised in the Saline County, Kansas community of Smolan, attended Kansas State University, and earned a degree in dairy science.

A quiet, mild mannered dairy farmer, he ran for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives, in 1970. He served as Speaker of the Kansas House from 1977–1979. In 1979 he became the youngest 20th century governor of Kansas, defeating the incumbent.[1] In 1990, he lost the Democratic nomination for Governor to then-State Treasurer Joan Finney. He also ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, when he was defeated by Sam Brownback.

Appointed by President Bill Clinton, Carlin served as the Archivist of the United States from 1995 to 2005, in Washington, D.C.. After a dispute about Executive Order 13233, Carlin's term as Archivist was not renewed[3] by the Bush Administration.

After his retirement he returned to Manhattan, Kansas, where he serves as a professor in political science at Kansas State University.


  1. ^ a b John W. Carlin at Kansas Memory
  2. ^ Archivists of the United States, 1934–present
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