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Thomas Kirker

In office
1807 – 1808
Preceded by Edward Tiffin
Succeeded by Samuel H. Huntington

In office
1806 – 1809
1810-1813
1814-1815
Preceded by James Pritchard (1806)
Duncan McArthur (1810)
Othniel Looker (1814)
Succeeded by Duncan McArthur (1809)
Othniel Looker (1813)
Peter Hitchcock (1815)

In office
1816 – 1817
Preceded by Matthias Corwin
Succeeded by Duncan McArthur

In office
1803 – 1808 (From Adams and Scioto County)
1808-1815 (Adams County)
1821-1825 (Adams County)
Preceded by Joseph Darlington (1803)
New District (1808)
William Russell (1821)
Succeeded by District Eliminated (1808)
Abraham Sheppard (1815)
Abraham Sheppard (1825)

In office
1803 – 1803
1816-1817
Preceded by New District (1803)
John Wilson Campbell (1816)
Josiah Lockhart (1816)
Succeeded by Daniel Collier (1803)
Abraham Shepherd (1803)
John Wright (1803)
William Middleton (1817)
Robert Morrison (1817)

Born 1760
County Tyrone, Ireland
Died February 20, 1837
Adams County, Ohio
Political party Democratic-Republican


Thomas Kirker (1760 – February 20, 1837) was a Democratic-Republican politician from Ohio. He served as the second Governor of Ohio.

Kirker was born in County Tyrone, Ireland. He moved with his father to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1779. He moved with his new wife to Kentucky in 1790 and then Liberty Township, Adams County, Ohio three years later. He served in the first Ohio House of Representatives in 1803 and then in the Ohio State Senate from 1803 to 1815. While serving as Speaker of the Senate, Kirker became Governor upon the resignation of Edward Tiffin to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. Kirker's term was extended through the 1807–1808 meeting of the Assembly due to the disqualification of Return J. Meigs, Jr. who had won the 1807 election to the governorship but had been disqualified by the Assembly as he had not met the residency requirements. Kirker ran for re-election in 1808, but lost badly to Samuel H. Huntington. Kirker later returned to the Assembly, serving in the House of Representatives from 1816 to 1817 and in the State Senate from 1821 to 1825.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Tiffin
Governor of Ohio
1807–1808
Succeeded by
Samuel H. Huntington
Preceded by
James Pritchard
Speaker of the Ohio Senate
1806–1809
Succeeded by
Duncan McArthur
Preceded by
Duncan McArthur
Speaker of the Ohio Senate
1810–1813
Succeeded by
Othniel Looker
Preceded by
Othniel Looker
Speaker of the Ohio Senate
1814–1815
Succeeded by
Peter Hitchcock
Preceded by
Matthias Corwin
Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives
1816–1817
Succeeded by
Duncan McArthur
Ohio House of Representatives
New district Representative from Adams County
1803
Served alongside: Joseph Lucas, William Russell
Succeeded by
Daniel Collier
Abraham Shepherd
John Wright

as Representatives from Adams and Scioto Counties
Preceded by
John Wilson Campbell
Josiah Lockhart
Representative from Adams County
1816–1817
Served alongside: John Ellison, Jr.
Succeeded by
William Middleton
Robert Morrison
Ohio Senate
Preceded by
Joseph Darlington
as Senator from Adams County
Senator from Adams and Scioto Counties
1803–1808
District eliminated
New district Senator from Adams County
1808–1815
Succeeded by
Abraham Shepherd
Preceded by
William Russell
Senator from Adams County
1821–1825
Succeeded by
Abraham Shepherd
as Senator from Adams and Brown Counties
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