|35th Governor of Kansas|
January 14, 1957 – January 9, 1961
|Lieutenant||Joseph W. Henkle, Sr.|
|Preceded by||John McCuish|
|Succeeded by||John Anderson, Jr.|
|Born||February 23, 1904
Clay Center, Kansas
|Died||January 20, 1964 (aged 59)
Kansas City, Kansas
|Spouse(s)||Mary Virginia Blackwell|
|Profession||bond salesman, banker, gas businessman|
Born in Clay Center, Kansas, Docking was educated in the public schools of Lawrence, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1925. He married Mary Virginia Blackwell, and they had two children.
Docking was elected Governor of Kansas in 1956 and reelected in 1958, making him the first member of the Democratic Party to serve more than a single term as governor in Kansas. In the election of 1960 he lost to Republican candidate John Anderson, Jr. perhaps in part because of his stance on the death penalty. He was known to say "I just don't like killing people." His tenure was marked by his battles with a Republican controlled legislature, and a three-year dispute with the Kansas University Chancellor Franklin Murphy was settled, resulting in Murphy's resignation.
Docking was a delegate to the 1960 Democratic National Convention. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed him director of the Import-Export Bank of Washington D. C. He served in that office until his death.
Death and legacy
Docking died from emphysema in 1964 in a hospital in Kansas City, Kansas and is interred at the Highland Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas. His son Robert Docking served four terms as Governor of Kansas, from 1967 to 1975, and the Docking family remains one of the most prominent in Kansas politics. Docking was a champion amateur tennis player and a master Contract bridge player.
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