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  • Former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas served as a congressman and then senator from 1961 to 1996. A veteran of World War II, he was seriously injured in combat and suffered life-long paralysis in his right arm and hand. He ran for vice president with Gerald Ford and for the Republican nomination for president twice, winning the nomination in 1996, but lost the election to Bill Clinton. <br><br> Sen. Robert J. Dole sits outside of his office at the U.S. Capitol, in May 1988.
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  • Bob Dole, left, and his brother Kenny pose near the rear of their father's 1927 Whippet. Dole was born in Russell, Kansas, and also had two sisters. Like most families, they struggled during the Great Depression.
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  • Bob Dole as a young man in an undated family photo. Dole was a member of the Boy Scouts and played sports. He also worked as a paperboy and as a soda jerk at the local drugstore.
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  • Bob Dole began college at the University of Kansas in 1941, but left in the U.S. Army. He graduated from officer school at age 21 and was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division. In 1945, during World War II, Dole was critically injured in battle and spent years undergoing rehabilitation. During his recovery, Dole met his first wife, Phyllis Holden, who worked as physical therapist at the Michigan hospital where Dole spent time. They married in June 1948.
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  • Bob Dole kisses his daughter Robin, born in 1954. While attending law school, Dole won his first political race to become a Kansas State Representative and went on to win a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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  • Bob Dole's political life took a toll on his first marriage. The couple divorced in January 1972. He married Elizabeth Hanford on December 6, 1975.
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  • After several terms in the House and Senate, Bob Dole became chairman of the Republican National Committee and then ran as the vice-presidential candidate of the Republican Party with Gerald Ford in the election of 1976.
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  • Gerald Ford appears at an event with Bob Dole, right, and Elizabeth Dole, left, in Kansas City on Aug. 25, 1976. The Ford/Dole ticket lost to Democrats, Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale.
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  • Ronald Reagan, left, and Bob Dole, right, Oct. 28, 1976. Elizabeth Dole would become President Reagan's Secretary of Transportation.
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  • Strom Thurmond, left, and Bob Dole, right, stand together at a press conference on Aug. 1, 1980 in Washington, D.C. Dole briefly ran for president, but dropped out after being overwhelmed by Ronald Reagan.
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  • Bob Dole and his wife Elizabeth Dole attend the Liberty Weekend Gala on July 3, 1986 at Governor's Island in New York City.
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  • Bob Dole celebrates his 64th birthday with his daughter Robin. Dole was elected Senate majority leader in 1984 and held the position for 12 years.
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  • Bob Dole appears during an interview on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on June 3, 1993.
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  • Republican presidential candidate Sen. Bob Dole is applauded after addressing a rally on March 14, 1996 in Battle Creek, Mich.
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  • In June of 1996, Dole resigned from the Senate to devote his time to a third run for the presidency. Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole arrives at the annual Republican Steak and Oyster Feed in Sacramento, Calif., Oct. 27, 1996. He lost the election to incumbent, Bill Clinton.
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  • Former Senator Bob Dole of Kansas, right, reacts after President Bill Clinton presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, during ceremonies at the White House, Jan. 17, 1997. Clinton honored Dole just months after beating him in the 1996 Presidential election.
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  • Freshman Sen. Elizabeth Dole rides the Senate train with her husband, former Sen. Bob Dole, on their way to her swearing-in ceremony on the Senate floor in the Capitol in Jan. 2003.
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  • Barack Obama, left, is speaks with Bob Dole, right, on March 2, 2009.
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  • Bob Dole speaks during a ceremony where a plaque in his honor was unveiled at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2011.
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  • Bob Dole is surrounded by fellow World War II veterans at an Interior Department ceremony to dedicate a plaque honoring him at the National World War II Memorial on April 12, 2011 in Washington, D.C. After his retirement from politics, Dole continued to champion causes benefiting soldiers.
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  • Bob Dole attends a news conference in the Dirksen Building to urge the Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Washington, D.C. on July 23, 2014.
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  • Vice President Mike Pence,left, with President Donald Trump, center, during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring former Senator Bob Dole on Capitol Hill, Jan. 17, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
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  • Former Sen. Bob Dole salutes the casket of former President George H.W. Bush who lies in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C., Dec. 4, 2018.
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