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Firing cannons on the state capitol grounds for Governor George Docking's inauguration

Firing cannons on the state capitol grounds for Governor George Docking's inauguration
Date: January 12, 1959
This is a photograph showing the Kansas National Guard firing cannons on the state capitol grounds at Governor George Docking's inauguration. Governor Docking, a Democrat, served from 1957 to 1961.


George Docking

George Docking
Date: Between January 14, 1957 and January 9, 1961
This is an informal portrait of Governor George Docking, 1904-1964, sitting at his desk signing paperwork at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Docking, a native of Clay Center, Kansas, served as a Democratic governor of Kansas from 1957 to 1961. His son, Robert B. Docking, 1925-1983, served as a Democratic governor of Kansas from 1967 to 1975.


George Docking

George Docking
Date: Between 1957 and 1961
This portrait shows George Docking, 1904-1964, a native of Clay Center, Kansas. He served as the Democratic governor of Kansas from 1957 to 1961. His son, Robert B. Docking, 1925-1983, also served as a Democratic governor of Kansas from 1967 to 1975.


George Docking

George Docking
Date: Between January 14, 1957 and January 9, 1961
This portrait shows George Docking, 1904-1964, a native of Clay Center, Kansas. He served as the Democratic governor of Kansas from 1957 to 1961. His son, Robert B. Docking, 1925-1983, also served as a Democratic governor of Kansas from 1967 to 1975.


Goodby to holidays with pay

Goodby to holidays with pay
Creator: 2nd District COPE
Date: October 23, 1958
This political advertisement in the Wyandotte Echo sought to defeat the "right to work" amendment to the Kansas state constitution before voters in the November 1958 election. Though carried in 93 of the 105 Kansas counties, the amendment was unpopular in Wyandotte County where it was defeated by nearly 3 to 1.


Governor George Docking

Governor George Docking
Creator: Richards, Donald P.
Date: 1958
This is a photograph of Governor George Docking (1904-1964) sitting at his desk in the Kansas capitol. Docking, a native of Clay Center, Kansas, served as a Democratic governor of Kansas from 1957 to 1961. His son, Robert B. Docking, 1925-1983, served as a Democratic governor of Kansas from 1967 to 1975.


Killer, 21, spared as governor acts

Killer, 21, spared as governor acts
Creator: Topeka State Journal Company
Date: April 12, 1960
A Topeka State Journal article reports on Governor George Docking's opposition to capital punishment. Docking commuted the death sentence of Bobby Joe Spencer to life in prison. Spencer was sentenced to death by the Wyandotte County District Court for killing his landlady. The Governor's strong opposition to capital punishment partly explains the eight year hiatus on state-sponsored executions in Kansas between 1954-1962.


Political "triple play" resignations and oaths of office

Political "triple play" resignations and oaths of office
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: 1956-1958
This item contains the resignations of Fred Hall and William A. Smith and the oaths of office for John McCuish, Fred Hall, and George Docking. These records are part of what is known as the political "triple play" involving Kansas Governor Hall, Lieutenant Governor John B. McCuish, and William Smith, the Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court. Incumbent Governor Hall was defeated in the 1956 Republican primary by Warren Shaw, who lost in the general election to George Docking. Then Chief Justice Smith resigned from the Supreme Court due to ill health on December 31, Hall quickly resigned as governor on January 3, 1957, and Lieutenant Governor McCuish became governor for the next eleven days. McCuish immediately appointed Hall to the newly vacated Supreme Court seat. While perfectly legal, this sequence of actions was considered by many to be highly unethical. In response to the "triple play," the 1957 Kansas legislature passed a resolution for a constitutional amendment concerning the way judges were appointed. The amendment was passed in the 1958 general election.


President Richard Nixon and Governor Robert Docking

President Richard Nixon and Governor Robert Docking
Creator: Stauffer Publications
Date: September 16, 1970
This black and white photograph shows President Richard Nixon and Governor Robert Docking at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. President Nixon was delivering his speech "It's Time to Stand up and Be Counted" at the annual Landon Lecture Series held each academic year to honor former Governor Alf Landon. Accompanying the President for his speech is First Lady Pat Nixon to his left, Theo Landon, and former Governor Alf Landon, Governor Docking, and Kansas First Lady Meredith Docking to his right.


Program for Governor George Docking's inauguration

Program for Governor George Docking's inauguration
Date: January 14, 1957
This is a program for Kansas Governor George Docking's inauguration held at the Municipal Auditorium in Topeka, Kansas. Governor George Docking, a Democrat, served from 1957 to 1961.


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