Dole, Bob

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  • Robert “Bob” Dole (1923–) is a former U.S. senator from Kansas (1969–96) who served as U.S. senate majority (and minority) leader and set a record as the longest-serving Republican leader. He was Gerald Ford's vice-presidential running mate in 1976 and was the Republican nominee for president in 1996. Dole is the only person to have been his party's nominee for both president and vice president but was never elected to either office.

    Dole was born July 22, 1923, in Russell County, Kansas. Growing up in a Methodist family, Dole was a star high school athlete who was recruited by Kansas University in 1941 to play basketball. The following year, however, Dole joined the U.S. Army to fight in World War II and was later decorated three ...

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