|2nd Governor of Ohio|
March 4, 1807 – December 12, 1808
|Preceded by||Edward Tiffin|
|Succeeded by||Samuel H. Huntington|
|4th Speaker of the Senate of Ohio|
December 1, 1806 – December 3, 1809
|Preceded by||James Pritchard|
|Succeeded by||Duncan McArthur|
December 3, 1810 – December 5, 1813
|Preceded by||Duncan McArthur|
|Succeeded by||Othniel Looker|
December 5, 1814 – December 3, 1815
|Preceded by||Othniel Looker|
|Succeeded by||Peter Hitchcock|
|10th Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives|
December 2, 1816 – November 30, 1817
|Preceded by||Matthias Corwin|
|Succeeded by||Duncan McArthur|
|Member of the Ohio Senate|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives|
County Tyrone, Kingdom of Ireland
|Died|| (aged 76–77)|
Adams County, Ohio, U.S.
Thomas Kirker (1760 – February 19, 1837) was a Democratic-Republican politician from Ohio. He served as the second Governor of Ohio.
Kirker was born in County Tyrone in the Kingdom of Ireland. He moved with his family to Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1779. Kirker married Sarah Smith in 1790, and moved with his wife to Kentucky. Three years later, they moved to Liberty Township, Adams County, Ohio. Kirker was a consistent Presbyterian, serving as an elder in the West Union congregation from 1808 until his death.
He was a delegate to the Ohio Constitutional Convention in 1802. 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.
He was the Ohio Presidential elector in 1824 for Henry Clay.
Kirker retired from politics, and returned to his home at his Liberty Township farm. He died on February 19, 1837. Upon his death he was buried in a family burial plot on the farm.
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|Offices and distinctions|
Political offices Preceded byEdward Tiffin Governor of Ohio1807–1808 Succeeded bySamuel H. Huntington Preceded byJames Pritchard Speaker of the Ohio Senate1806–1809 Succeeded byDuncan McArthur Preceded byDuncan McArthur Speaker of the Ohio Senate1810–1813 Succeeded byOthniel Looker Preceded byOthniel Looker Speaker of the Ohio Senate1814–1815 Succeeded byPeter Hitchcock Preceded byMatthias Corwin Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives1816–1817 Succeeded byDuncan McArthur Ohio House of Representatives New district Representative from Adams County1803 Served alongside: Joseph Lucas, William Russell Succeeded byDaniel CollierAbraham ShepherdJohn Wrightas Representatives from Adams and Scioto Counties Preceded byJohn Wilson CampbellJosiah Lockhart Representative from Adams County1816–1817 Served alongside: John Ellison Jr. Succeeded byWilliam MiddletonRobert Morrison Ohio Senate Preceded byJoseph Darlintonas Senator from Adams County Senator from Adams and Scioto Counties1803–1808 District eliminated New district Senator from Adams County1808–1815 Succeeded byAbraham Shepherd Preceded byWilliam Russell Senator from Adams County1821–1825 Succeeded byAbraham Shepherdas Senator from Adams and Brown Counties