Born in Clay Center and raised in Lawrence, George Docking was only the sixth Democrat elected to the state's highest office. When he was reelected in 1958, he became the first Democrat ever elected to a second term. Two years later he failed in an effort to win an unprecedented third term, a feat accomplished by his son ten years later. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Docking director of the Export-Import Bank in Washington, D. C. The 59-year-old former Kansas governor died at home in Kansas City, Kansas, while holding that position on January 20, 1964.
Governor biographies courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society.