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Robert F. Bennett

Robert BennettPolitician, governor. Republican. Born: May 23, 1927, Kansas City, Missouri. Married: Mildred Joan Gregory. Married: Olivia A. D. Fisher, July 16, 1971. Died: October 9, 2000, Johnson County, Kansas. Served as 39th Governor of Kansas: January 6, 1975, to January 8, 1979.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 23, 1927, Robert F. Bennett practiced law in Johnson County and held several local offices before winning election to the state senate in 1964. He married Olivia A. D. Fisher on July 16, 1971. He was president of the senate when he won the Republican Party's 1974 gubernatorial nomination and the subsequent general election contest. This was the first election in which candidates for Kansas governor and lieutenant governor ran as a team and were elected to four-year, instead of two-year, terms. Bennett was an unsuccessful candidate for a second term in 1978. He returned to his Johnson County law firm and home, where he died on October 9, 2000.

Entry: Bennett, Robert F.

Author: Kansas Historical Society

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Date Created: June 2011

Date Modified: December 2015

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