George Docking

American politician

George Docking (February 23, 1904 – January 20, 1964) was the 35th Governor of Kansas (1957–1961).

George Docking
35th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 14, 1957 – January 9, 1961
LieutenantJoseph W. Henkle, Sr.
Preceded byJohn McCuish
Succeeded byJohn Anderson, Jr.
Personal details
BornFebruary 23, 1904
Clay Center, Kansas
DiedJanuary 20, 1964 (aged 59)
Kansas City, Kansas
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Virginia Blackwell
EducationUniversity of Kansas
Professionbond salesman, banker, gas businessman


Docking was 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.[1]


Docking was elected Governor of Kansas in 1956. He was elected again in 1958. This makes him the first member of the Democratic Party to serve more than a single term as governor in Kansas.[2]

Death and legacyEdit

Docking died from emphysema in 1964 in a hospital in Kansas City, Kansas. He is interred at the Highland Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas.[3]


  1. "George Docking". National Governors Association. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  2. "George Docking". Kansapedia. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  3. "George Docking". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 4 October 2012.

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