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James Watson Kirkman Edit Profile

also known as Jim Kirkman


James Watson Kirkman, American Mayor. Named to Cody Scouts for Community Service to North Platte, 1961, Boss of Year, North Platte Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1971, Master Editor Publications, Nebraska Press Association, 1976.


Kirkman, James Watson was born on December 26, 1910 in Norton, Kansas, United States. Son of Robert Allan and Velma Amy (Castor) Kirkman.


Student, University Nebraska, 1933.


Advisory manager sports editor, North Platte (Nebraska) Telegraph, 1926-1966;public, North Platte (Nebraska) Telegraph, 1965-1975;professor, U. Nebraska, LIncoln, 1975-1976;executive director, Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation, North Platte, 1980-1984;mayor, City of North Platte, 1984-1992.


Active North Platte Community Playhouse, Great Plains Regional Medical Center, Nebraska, Private Industry Council, State of Nebraska, Heart Board. Member advanced.bd. Medicare and Medicaid, Nebraska, Kansas. Community activities, NorthPlatte.

Appointed to Great Navy of Nebraska Governor J. James Exon, 1972, Governor Bob Kerry, 1986, Governor Ben Nelson, 1992. Past board directors North Platte Industrial Development Corporation. Board directors Lincoln County Heart Association, Area Development Task Force, Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation.

Member Daily Publications Association Nebraska (past president), Congress of Parents and Teachers (honorary life), Outstanding Superior vena cava syndrome to Nebraska Advertising Manager's Association (honorary.life), North Platte Chamber of Commerce, Ambs. Club North Platte, Elks, Rotary.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: bridge, golf, tennis.


Married Edith Mae Burlingame, June 30, 1935. Children: James Watson, Michael Elliott.

Robert Allan Kirkman

Velma Amy (Castor) Kirkman

Edith Mae Burlingame

James Watson Kirkman

Michael Elliott Kirkman