Robert Blackwell Docking (1967-1975)


Politician, Governor

Born: 9 October 1925, Kansas City, Missouri
Died: 8 October 1983, Arkansas City, Kansas

Inaugural Message, 1967
Inaugural Message, 1969
Budget Message, 1969
Inaugural Message, 1971
Governor's Message, 1972
Governor's Message, 1974

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.