Charles Thone came after elementary school in the U.S. Army and served during the Second World War. After the war he studied at the University of Nebraska law. After graduating and being admitted to the bar, he opened an office in Lincoln. Between 1951 and 1952 Thone was Deputy Secretary of State of Nebraska and 1952-1954 he was a deputy district attorney in Lincoln. After that, he was secretary to U.S. Senator Roman Hruska. In 1970 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he remained until 1979. There he was a member of the committee of inquiry on political assassinations, in which, among other things, the assassinations of the two Kennedy brothers were examined. Thone engaged within the Republican Party and was a delegate to the national conventions of 1952, 1956 and 1972. In 1978 he was elected governor of Nebraska.
Governor of Nebraska
Thones four-year term began on January 4, 1979. During this time he was a member of several associations and Governor of interstate petroleum Commission. He also belonged to some other business organizations and agricultural associations. His four-year term was uneventful. In 1982 he applied unsuccessfully for reelection.
After the end of his term Thone was working as a lawyer again. He is a member of the Rotary Club and was president of the Chamber of Commerce of Lincoln. He was also a member of several bar associations. Today he lives in Lincoln. Charles Thone is married to Ruth Raymond, with whom he has three children.