Dole, Robert Joseph "Bob", 1923-

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Bob Dole
Politician. Republican. Born: July 22, 1923, Russell, Kansas. Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 6th and 1st Districts: January 3, 1961, to January 3, 1969. Served in U.S. Senate: January 3, 1969, to June 11, 1996.

Robert Joseph “Bob” Dole was born in Russell in 1923, to Doran Ray and Bina N. (Talbott) Dole. As a boy growing up in western Kansas during the Great Depression, he worked a number of odd jobs. Forrest "Phog" Allen went to Russell to recruit Dole to play basketball at the University of Kansas. After attending KU from 1941 to 1943, Dole joined the army; he served as a combat infantry officer in Italy and was twice wounded. He was hospitalized for 39 months and was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star with an Oak Cluster for military service. He married Phyllis Holden in 1948. They had a daughter. After the war Dole attended the University of Arizona from 1948 to 1949. He graduated from Washburn University Law School in Topeka in 1952. After his admission to the Kansas bar, Dole returned to Russell to practice law.

Dole first ran for office in 1950 and was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, serving a two-year term. He was county attorney of Russell County for eight years. In 1960 Dole was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives from the Sixth Congressional District in northwest Kansas. In 1962 his district was merged with the Fifth District in western Kansas to form the First Congressional District, a huge 60-county area. Dole was re-elected that year and twice thereafter.

After eight years in the House, he won election to the U. S. Senate in November 1968. While in the Senate, Dole served as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1971 until 1973, was the ranking Republican on the Agriculture Committee from 1975 to 1978, and majority leader and chair of the Finance Committee in the 1980s and 1990s. He became known as an advocate for veterans and the disabled.

Dole was the G.O.P. nominee for the vice-presidency in 1976, serving as Gerald Ford's running mate. With the Republican convention in Kansas City, Dole later introduced Ford to his home town of Russell at a political rally on the courthouse lawn. He served as senate majority and senate minority leader in the 1980s and 1990s. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the presidential nomination in 1988. He resigned his seat in the Senate on June 11, 1996, after capturing his party's presidential nomination.

Dole and his wife, former North Carolina senator Elizabeth Hanford Dole, live in Washington, D.C., where the former senator practices law and is involved in numerous areas of public service.

He was the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas' Distinguished Kansan of the Year in 1976. Dole received the Presidential Citizens Medal in 1989, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997, and the American Patriot Award in 2004. He was named the Native Sons and Daughters' Kansan of the Year in 2003. The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics was established in 2003 in Lawrence in his honor.

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creatorOf Dole, Robert J., 1923-. [Robert J. Dole Senate papers-press related materials] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
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referencedIn Arthur E. Scott photograph collection, 1910-1976 George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
referencedIn Taft, Robert, 1917-1993. Papers, 1897-1993 (bulk 1963-1976). Library of Congress
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referencedIn The Daily Worker and The Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
referencedIn Records of the 1976 Campaign Committee to Elect Jimmy Carter . 1976 - 1976. Stuart Eizenstat's Subject Files. 1976 - 1976. Dole, Bob-Voting Record
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creatorOf Dole, Robert J., 1923-. [Robert J. Dole Senate papers-personal/political files, 1969-1996] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
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referencedIn United States Political Campaign Materials Collection, and undated, 1840-2009 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Smith, Hedrick. Hedrick Smith papers, 1923-1992 (bulk 1965-1990). Library of Congress
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creatorOf Records of the U.S. Senate. 1789 - 2015. Committee Papers. 1816 - 2011. Correspondence and Speeches of Senator Robert (Bob) Dole, Subcommittee on the Courts and Administrative Practices of the Committee on the Judiciary for the 95th-96th Congresses
creatorOf Records of the Federal Aviation Administration. 1922 - 2008. Airspace Rulemaking Project Files
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creatorOf MS 8238, Jacobs, Jerome 1910-. Jerome Jacobs papers 1974-1985 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn National Organization for Women. Records, 1959-2002 (inclusive), 1966-1988 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn Gregg, Hugh, 1917-. The presidential campaigns of Bob Dole, 1979-1996. NHAIS, NH Automated Information System
referencedIn Hill, Clyde, 1912-1992. Clyde Hill papers, 1948-1989 (bulk 1955-1975). Kansas State Historical Society
referencedIn Swanson, Dick L., 1935-. Swanson, Dick L., photographic archive, 1959-1994. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
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referencedIn Thomas J. Dodd Papers, undated, 1919-1971. Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
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referencedIn Evans, Rowland, 1921-2001. Rowland Evans Jr. and Robert D. Novak papers, 1948-2008. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Polly Bales Collection, 1930-1995 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Kansas Collection.
referencedIn Curtis Putnam Nettels papers, 1917-1981. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Photographs of the White House Photograph Office (Clinton Administration). 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Photographs Relating to the Clinton Administration. 1/20/1993 - 1/20/2001. Photograph of President William J. Clinton Addressing a Bipartisan Leadership Meeting Regarding Somalia
creatorOf Dole, Robert J., 1923-. Robert J. Dole : commercials, 1968-1996. University of Oklahoma, Political Community Archives
creatorOf Dole, Robert J., 1923-. [Robert J. Dole Senate papers-constituent relations, 1969-1996] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
creatorOf Sound Recordings of Meetings and Telephone Conversations (Nixon Administration). 2/16/1971 - 7/18/1973. Sound Recordings of Meetings and Telephone Conversations. 2/16/1971 - 7/18/1973. Cabinet Room tape number 107 Richard Nixon Library
referencedIn President Ford Committee Records. 1975 - 1977. Farm Desk Subject Files
creatorOf Kilpatrick, James Jackson, 1920-. Papers of James J. Kilpatrick [manuscript], 1959-1985. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dole, Robert J., 1923-. Papers, 1970-1994. Denver Public Library, Central Library
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Russell KS US
District of Columbia DC US
Subject
Ski troops
Television advertising
Presidential candidates--Archival resources
Legislators
Advertising, political
Occupation
Senators, U.S. Congress--Kansas
Soldiers--Kansas
State Representative
Lawyers
Representatives, U.S. Congress--Kansas
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Person

Birth 1923-07-22

Male

Americans

English

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