The son of the state's 35th governor, Robert Docking was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 9, 1925. Like his father, he entered banking and in 1956 moved to Arkansas City. At the age of 41, just a decade after George Docking won his first gubernatorial election, Robert Docking won the first of four two-year terms as Kansas' chief executive. In 1970, he won an unprecedented third term and two years later set a new record by winning yet another. After eight years in Topeka, Docking returned to Arkansas City where he died on October 8, 1983.
Governor biographies courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society.