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Robert Docking

Born: Oct 9, 1925

Death: Oct 8, 1983

Birthplace: Kansas City

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Robert Docking

Date of Birth : Oct 9, 1925
Date of Death : Oct 8, 1983
Birth Place : Kansas City

Robert Blackwell Docking, was the 38th Governor of Kansas from 1967 until 1975. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Docking attended public school in Lawrence, Kansas, before attending the University of Kansas, and served in the Air Force during World War II. After the war, Docking moved to Arkansas City, Kansas, where he became a successful banker, and was elected mayor. Docking was elected governor in 1966 as a member of the Democratic Party over the incumbent Republican, William Avery, whom Docking harangued for leaving the state when there was work to be done in Kansas. Docking served more terms than any Kansas governor, but is tied for length of service because of a constitutional amendment approved during his final term which provided that Kansas governors serve four-year terms, and are constitutionally prohibited from running for more than two terms. He was known for his commitment to farmers, small business owners, and the environment. The son of former Gov. George Docking, he was married to Meredith and they had two sons, William and Tom, the latter of whom served as lieutenant governor and ran unsuccessfully for the governorship in 1988.


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