Politician, governor. Republican. Born: October 3, 1896, Casey, Illinois. Died: December 27, 1974, Wichita, Kansas. Served as 28th Governor of Kansas: January 9, 1939, to January 11, 1943.
Born in Casey, Illinois, on October 13, 1896, Payne Ratner moved to Parsons in 1920. A Republican lawyer who held several elective offices prior to his elevation to the state's highest in 1939, Governor Ratner oversaw the state's transition to a wartime economy. On December 27, 1974, soon after his 78th birthday, the two-term Kansas governor died in Wichita.
Entry: Ratner, Payne
Author: Kansas Historical Society
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Date Modified: March 2016
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