Above, Republican Bob Dole represented Kansas for many decades in both the House and Senate. Longtime US Senator Bob Dole, a decorated veteran, was severely wounded in World War II. In 1996, he ran for President but lost to Bill Clinton.
Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, who bravely fought in World War II and was then a strong US Senator representing Kansas, has now died at 98.
In Russell, Kansas, Dole was born into a working class family. He enrolled in the army in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1923. Dole received two Purple Hearts as well as a Bronze Star in recognition of his military service.
Dole was wounded in his right shoulder in a battle in the hills of Italy in April 1945 by Nazis. It took Dole years to fully recover, and his right arm became permanently paralysed. Dole could always be seen holding his pen in one hand, to deter people from using it.
In 1950, the decorated veteran was elected to politics after he won a term of two years in the legislature. After eight years as Russell County’s attorney, he moved to the US House of Representatives. He represented Kansas in Congress since 1969. Dole, a Republican leader who worked across party lines to make deals happen and served as majority leader throughout his time in the upper chamber.
Gerald Ford selected Dole in 1976 as his running-mate, but they fell to Walter Mondale and Jimmy Carter on the Democratic side. Dole was a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination two times – 1988 and 1980 – before winning in 1996. Dole, a Democrat, lost his Senate seat to concentrate on his campaign.
Dole, who married Phyllis Holden as his first wife in 1948, had a child together in Robin in 1954. They divorced in 1972. He met Elizabeth Hanford, whom he married in 1975. Elizabeth Dole was an American Senator from North Carolina between 2003 and 2009. She served in three Republican administrations.
Dole revealed that he was suffering from stage 4 lung cancer on February 18. His wife Elizabeth and Robin are his survivors.
Dole was the leader of his party and held high-ranking positions like majority leader. He was also a skilled negotiator who was able to pass legislation from 1996 through 1969. Dole resigned as a senator to concentrate on his presidential campaign. Above: Elizabeth Dole, his wife and Dole at the San Diego welcome rally during Dole’s 1996 run for the White House. Both had been in the city to attend the final debate. Dole selected Jack Kemp (who had previously served nine terms as a member of the US House of Representatives) to be his running mate. However, they were defeated by the Democratic ticket of Clinton, Al Gore and Al Gore who was then vice-president
Above, Dole in his uniform, from an undated photo. Dole was an undergraduate at the University of Kansas, when the bombs struck Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The United States entered World War II. In the following year, Dole enlisted. Dole entered active service in the summer 1943. Late in 1943, Dole became a second lieutenant with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. When the Nazis attacked his company to seize Hill 913, northwest of Florence, in April 1945 they were under heavy gunfire.
“I could see the radioman of my platoon go down…” I rushed back to get him out, and he was dead. Dole wrote that he experienced a sharp pain in the upper back while doing this in 1988. A bullet pierced Dole’s right shoulder. He was rescued by a fellow soldier. Dole was administered morphine. However, he wasn’t expected that he would make it. Dole’s blood was used by his soldier to mark his forehead. This indicated that he had been administered a shot already. Any second dosage would have made Dole fatal. Above, Dole recovering at Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1945
Robert Joseph Dole, was born in Russell on July 22nd 1923. Dorian Ray was his father and Bina Ray was Bina’s mother. They both worked in a grain storage facility. His six-member family, including his brother Kenny, and two of his sisters Gloria Jean and Norma Jean, lived together in a tiny house on the wrong side.
The family was hardworking, religious, and poor during the Great Depression. Biography.com reports that his father said that as a young boy in a small community, God taught him to believe in God.
Dole, a Russell High School student, was regarded as a handsome, popular athlete. The profile was part of ‘Political Life 1996, and was published by the Times. According to the article, Dole was noted for being shy around girls in the newspaper that he received about his school. After graduating in 1941, Dole went to the University of Kansas with the goal of becoming a doctor. He was also a member of the college’s football, basketball and track teams, just like he was in high school.
However, since 1939 the battle against Nazi Germany was raging. The United States entered World War II after being bombed at Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Dole, then 19, enlisted as a member of the US Army Reserve Corps at the age 19
Dole was undergoing rehabilitation when he met Phyllis Holden in 1948. She is an occupational therapist and his first wife. The couple married shortly after that and they had one child together in 1954, Robin. Dole was first elected to Congress in 1960. He was a conservative Congressional representative and the primary was important. His wife Phyllis made skirts for the Dolls for Dole’ to distinguish him from other candidates. The skirts featured ‘applique elephants carrying “Dole For Congress” signs in their trunks. According to a 1996 New York Times series. Above: Dole campaign for Congress in the 1960s
Robert Joseph Dole, was born in Russell on July 22nd 1923. Dorian Ray Dole was Dole’s father. Bina Dole, his mother, worked in a grain storage facility. Dole stated that his father had missed one day in forty years. This was according to the Horatio Alger Association. My mother was inspirational; she sacrificed her comfort for the sake of others was a long-standing habit. Above: Dole and his parents Doran, Bina, in 1968. This is his first Senate term since 1961.
Dole, his first wife was the one he married until their divorce in 1972. That year, he met Elizabeth Hanford, a lawyer who would serve in three administrations and run for office herself. According to Today, the pair first met in his Capitol Hill office. Bob Dole walks in through the sidedoor and is suddenly there. When I see him, I realize that he is a handsome man. He said he had written my name on his blotter,” Elizabeth stated during the program. You can see them above at their December 1975 wedding.
Dole was activated in 1943, and sent to Italy late in 1944 as second lieutenant with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.
When his company tried to take Hill 913 (northwest of Florence) from Nazis in April 1945 they were under heavy gunfire including from a spyer and became trapped by the hailof bullets and a minfield.
He had to capture that gunman. To help him find safer passages, he selected small groups of men. His radioman was killed as he tried to climb up a hill, according to his presidential campaign website from 1996.
“I could see the radioman of my platoon go down… I pulled his body into the foxhole and scrambled out. As I did, I felt a sharp sting in my upper right back,’ Dole wrote in his 1988 autobiography.
It was like a bullet piercing his shoulder. According to Dole, “I was lying face-down in the dirt,” according the campaign website. I couldn’t move or see my arms. I was convinced they were not there.
Sergeant Frank Carafa courageously pulled Dole’s wounded back. He told the Associated Press that they had a perfect fire field. They could have murdered every single person who came out of that field.
Dole received morphine, but it wasn’t what he expected. Dole’s blood was used by another soldier to mark his forehead. This indicated that Dole had received a dose of morphine. Any second dosage would have proved fatal.
Dole was elected to his first Senate term in 1968 after having served as a member of the House. This year also saw Richard Nixon take the White House. Nixon selected Dole in 1971 to lead the Republican National Committee. After the Watergate Scandal, Nixon was forced to resign and Gerald Ford became President in 1974. Ford chose Dole as his running mate and they are seen above at the 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City. They were defeated by Walter Mondale and Jimmy Carter of the Democratic Party.
Dole was first to run for the Republican presidential nomination in the 1980 election, but quickly lost his bid. Republican Ronald Reagan won two terms in the White House. Reagan ran for the 1988 nomination, but Reagan’s vice president George H W Bush was elected to the presidency and won the nomination. In 1992, Bush was defeated by Bill Clinton (Democrat). Dole was nominated for the presidency in 1996, and he defeated Clinton. Above: Dole’s supporters cheer him at a March 1996 rally
Above: First lady Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton; President Bill Clinton. Dole (the Republican nominee), Elizabeth Dole, Dole and Robin. There was an earlier ‘Republican Revolution,’ during which both parties made significant gains and gained control of the two houses of Congress in the November 1994 midterm elections. Momentum was thought to favor the Republicans. However, Clinton the incumbent prevailed with a strong economy.
Dole was able to survive, although he sustained severe injuries and was temporarily paralysed. The 22-year old persevered, and after paralysis subsided, Dole was eventually able to re-learn basic tasks with his left arm.
His road to recovery was long but it was while he was recuperating that he met his first wife, Phyllis Holden, an occupational therapist. In March 1948, she saw him in the Percy Jones Army Medical Center’s cafeteria. “He was handsome. He had dark, deep-set eyes, shiny hair, and he was up in a strap. That’s why he caught my attention,” she said to The Spokesman-Review 1996.
Dole proposed to her at a party shortly afterwards. The article states that they got married three months later.
The couple returned to Russell for a brief period. Russell’s fellow townpeople helped him raise $1,800 in 1947 to pay for surgery to straighten his arm.
Dole then returned to college at first the University of Arizona, before moving to Washburn University. There he switched to medicine and became a lawyer. After completing his undergraduate degree, he received his law and legal degrees. While he was still in law school, he made the decision to go into politics. He was elected to state legislative office in 1950. Robin, his child, was born in four years.
Dole served the county as the prosecutor attorney for eighteen years after completing his two-year term. After completing his two-year term, Dole felt ready for something bigger and decided to run for Congress in 1960.
Primary was crucial for the conservative Congressional district. His wife Phyllis began making skirts for the Dolls for Dole’ campaign to differentiate him from his fellow candidates. The skirts had ‘applique elephants in trunks holding “Dolefor Congress” signs, according to the Times series.
Dole won the first term of his US House of Representatives term. The family then split their time in 1961 between Washington, DC, and Russell. The Spokesman-Review heard from Phyllis, that DC was a ‘frightening place’.
In 1968, after serving as a Congressman for eight years, Dole sought a Senate seat and won – the same year Richard Nixon took the White House. Nixon selected Dole as the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Dole was unable to travel the country and spent much of his time with his daughter and wife. In January 1972, the couple split.
Dole answered The New York Times when asked what his achievements in the Senate were. It’s being in the United States Senate. It’s hard to remember how many times I was excited when I got up in the morning and went to work. When you see the Capitol dome, it’s clear that you are part of something most would do anything for. It is an amazing opportunity. Above: Dole speaking with VFW members at Louisville, Kentucky, during his 1996 run for the White House.
Dole received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in January 1997 from President Clinton. It is the nation’s highest civilian honour. Clinton stated during the ceremony that Bob Dole was a “son of the soil”, a citizen, soldier, and legislator and understands American citizens, their struggles and triumphs, and their dreams.” His courage, determination and willingness to take the long road to leading America make our country better.
Above, Dole kisses Elizabeth after she won the election. Elizabeth Dole was born in Salisbury in North Carolina, in 1936. She served as an administrator in the Lyndon B Johnson’s, Richard Nixon’s, and Ronald Reagan’s administrations. Harvard Law School graduate, she was elected to the Senate in her home state of North Carolina in 2002. In 2006, she was elected to the Senate. According to Twitter, the foundation was established in 2012 by her mother, which is dedicated to honoring and supporting military caregivers.
Dole didn’t stop advocating for veterans even after he was evicted from the White House in 1996. Above, Dole, who was then co-chair of a President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors, speaks about the group’s report as President George W Bush and Donna Shalala, left, then the Health and Human Services Secretary, listens in the Rose Garden in October 2007
However, 1972 is also the year he met Elizabeth Hanford. Elizabeth was a lawyer who served in three administrations as well as running for office. According to an interview with Today, the couple met in his Capitol Hill office.
Bob Dole walks in through the sidedoor. When I see him, I realize that he is a handsome man. He said he had written my name on his blotter,” Elizabeth stated during the program.
After first meeting over the telephone, they were on their first date. Three years later, they got married in December 1975. I love his compassion. Today spoke of her admiration for his compassion and desire to help at least one person each day. “I loved his sense of humor.
Dole has been re-elected many times. He also served almost three decades as a senator. He was an effective leader in his own party, and was able to maintain a united Republican caucus. The job was more challenging as individual senators became more aggressive and more conflicted, according to The New York Times. Dole worked well with Democrats because of his reputation as both a pragmatic and skilled dealmaker. Dole was also an advocate and strong supporter of 1990’s. American with Disabilities Act.
His election as majority leader was his first in 1984. Today, Elizabeth said: “I bought a small schnauzer puppy from the Humane Society. I walked in to Bob’s national press conference carrying this dog and attached a sign reading ‘Leader’.
Dole was the majority leader in 1995 again, but didn’t hold it for long. After he won the Republican nomination for president, Dole resigned as a senator to concentrate on his presidential campaign. In 1980, his first attempt at the nomination failed. He quickly lost. In 1988, George H W Bush defeated him when he ran for it again.
1994 saw a “Republican Revolution”: the party won the Senate and the House for the first-time in over 40 years. Many pointed out this momentum as a reason for Democrats Bill Clinton to be forced from the White House. However, the voters chose Dole and he lost.
Yes, losing an election is painful, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever experienced. At an age where every day counts, it is self-destructive and dangerous to think about what could have been. After conceding 1996’s election, I said that “tomorrow” would be the first day in my entire life when I didn’t have any work to do. It was wrong. Dole, writing in The Washington Post, 2012, “Seventy-two Hours after the election was conceded, I was exchanging wisecracks on David Letterman’s late night show,” Dole said.
Dole worked for Visa, Dunkin’ Donuts and Viagra as a spokesperson. He also served as a lobbyist and at law firms. Dole founded the Dole Institute of Politics (University of Kansas). Dole continued his advocacy for veterans.
In 1997, Clinton awarded Dole the Presidential Medal Freedom.
Dole declared that she was witness to this greatness at all stages of her life. I have witnessed this country overcome Depression, segregation, communism and turned back the mortal threats to freedom. “I have been in awe at American courage, decency and perseverance. This is something that I find rare and common in our precious land.
Dole, writing in The Washington Post, stated that “For a long while after my defeat to Bill Clinton, 1996, I would lay awake nights wondering how I could have changed the outcome.” Did we overrely on the Republican base and let cultural issues drive away suburban voters and independents? Dole became a spokesperson for Visa, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Viagra after the election. Above: Dole in attendance at the ASPCA’s fourth annual Paws for Celebration pet adoption day.
Dole is seen saluting the casket George H W Bush (41st President) in the US Capitol. This was on December 4, 2018, 2018. Bush, who had been in Houston since November 30, 2018, died. Dole was in a wheelchair and rose to honor his old rival. In 1980, both men were running for the Republican presidential nomination. Reagan won the nomination, and Bush was his running mate. Both men were defeated. Dole quit. The two of them met once more in 1988. Vice President Bush was then chosen to be the candidate. Bush gave his endorsement to Dole’s 1996 run for the White House. He also spoke well of Dole at the convention in 1996.
Above: Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump and Elizabeth Dole look on while Donald Trump kisses their husband during the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the Capitol rotunda in honor of the former Senator who was a’soldier. legislator. and statesman’ on January 17, 2018.