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A life in photos: Bob Dole (1923-2021)

Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) looks over the convention hall area in Kansas City in August 1976. Dole was President Gerald Ford’s running mate that year.
Dole is seen at age 4. He was born on July 22, 1923, in rural Kansas. | AP Photo
Recruited by the legendary Forrest “Phog” Allen, Dole played basketball at the University of Kansas, along with football and track. He cut his studies short as the U.S. entered WWII, enlisting in the U.S. Army, a decision that would forever change his life. | AP Photo
In combat in Italy in 1945, Dole was struck by enemy fire. He arrived back in the U.S. in a full body cast and spent 39 months in a grueling recovery where he learned to walk again and regained his strength with homemade exercise equipment. In this undated photo, his mother, Bina, stands with him outside the family home in Russell.
Dole and President Richard Nixon discuss Republican campaign plans in January 1971. Nixon would go on to win 49 states in a romp the following year, but later resigned amid the Watergate scandal. | AP Photo
Dole speaks with former California Gov. Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan outside Reagan’s home in September 1975 in Pacific Palisades.
Dole (center) and Democratic Sen. George McGovern (left) present a food stamp reform stamp reform plan before a Senate Agriculture Subcommittee in October 1975. | AP Photo
Bride-to-be Elizabeth Hanford of Salisbury, N.C., joins Dole on Dec. 6, 1975 at a wedding breakfast in Washington. | Harvey Georges/AP Photo
Dole addresses the Republican National Convention in Kansas City on Aug. 19, 1976, after he was nominated as the party’s vice presidential candidate. | File/AP Photo
Bina Dole is seen sitting in her home in August 1976, holding a picture of her son, who was then the Republican vice presidential nominee. | James Finley/AP Photo
The Republican vice presidential candidate holds up a copy of the Des Moines Register at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign swing through the state in August 1976. | AP Photo
The Doles enjoy a German-style sandwich as they tour the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in August 1976. | AP Photo
Smiling along with his wife Elizabeth, the Doles gaze at a sign in the window at the Catawba College in September 1976 in Salisbury, N.C., calling for her to be the second lady of the country. | AP Photo
Notebook handy, Dole watches his running mate, President Gerald Ford, on television in Washington in October 1976, in the second presidential debate, | AP Photo
Dole (top right) and Minnesota Sen. Walter Mondale, Democratic vice presidential nominee, duel during their debate in Houston on Oct. 15, 1976. | AP Photo
President Gerald Ford speaks while Dole looks on during the 76’ campaign. The two would go on to lose to Carter and Mondale. | AP Photo
The newly elected Senate Majority Leader is kissed by his wife, Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole, (right), and his daughter, Robin, on Nov. 28, 1984 on Capitol Hill. | Ira Schwarz/AP Photo
Senate Republican leader Dole talks with his wife, Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole, on Capitol Hill in April 1987. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
Dole talks briefly with reporters as he stepped out of his hotel suite in November 1988 in Manila to watch some 5,000 picketing supporters of deposed Philippine
President Ferdinand Marcos. | Bullit Marquez/AP Photo
Dole points out details of a belt buckle he presented to Russian Boris Yeltsin on Capitol Hill in June 1991. Dole also gave Yeltsin the cowboy hat he’s wearing.
Dole leaves his Capitol Hill office on his way to a press conference in March 1995, following the defeat of the Balanced Budget Amendment in the Senate. | Robert Giroux/AFP/Getty Images
First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to reporters, flanked by Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole of Kansas and Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell of Maine, on Capitol Hill in April 1993, after meeting with senators to discuss health care reform. | John Duricka/AP Photo
House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Dole pose with an elephant outside the Capitol in Washington in April 1995. The elephant was part of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. | Richard Ellis/AFP/Getty Images
Dole is joined by wife Elizabeth (center) and daughter Robin (right) after he announced his third bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, on April 10, 1995, in Topeka, Kan. | Chris Wilkins/AFP/Getty Images
Dole leaves the Phatom Canyon Brewing Company restaurant in Colorado Springs, Colo., in February 1996 after making a campaign stop. | J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images
Dole talks to reporters in March 1996 in the former hospital room in which he spent 39 months recovering from a World War II injury, at the former Percy Jones General Hospital in Battle Creek, Mich. | Chris Wilkins/AFP/Getty Images
Pilot William Bundrat (left) looks out of his cockpit window as Dole walks into his campaign plane, the Leader’s Ship, in March 1996, at Pontiac airport, after a stop in Auburn Hills, Mich. | Chris Wilkins/AFP/Getty Images
Dole looks up to the sky as a hot air balloon floats behind him at the Tulsa airport in March 1996 during his campaign for the GOP nomination. | J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images
Dole pushes for a repeal of a 4.3 cent gas tax during a rally in front of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington in May 1996. | J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images
Dole wears a hard hat with “Citizen Dole” written across the front at a rally in Overland Park, Kan., in June 1996. | J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images
Eight-year-old Kavell Chamberlin lets out a yawn while waiting for Dole to start his speech at De La Salle High School in Minneapolis in July 1996. | J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images
Dole looks over a birthday cake baked for him by the citizens of Russell, Kan., during a party in his hometown on July 20, 1996. | J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images
Dole is greeted by former President George H.W. Bush in Sanford, Maine, on July 26, 1996. He was invited to President Bush’s summer home for lunch. | J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images
The Doles search out for friends during a campaign stop at former President Dwight Eisenhower’s boyhood home (background) in Abilene, Kan., in August 1996. | J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images
Dole stops to have his picture taken with a clown after a campaign rally at the Fox Theater in Atlanta in October 1996. | J. David Ake/AFP/Getty Images
President Bill Clinton walks toward Dole during their final presidential debate on Oct. 16, 1996 at the University of San Diego. | Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images
Dole (center) sings “God Bless America” with the Oak Ridge Boys during a late-night rally inside a country music club in Knoxville, Tenn. on Nov. 4, 1996, just hours before voters would head to the polls. (From left are Duane Allen, Dole, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban.) | Eric Draper/AP Photo
President Bill Clinton (left) laughs during remarks by Dole, chairman of the WWII Memorial Campaign, during a reception for supporters in the White House in June 2000. | Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images
Dole gives a thumbs-up during ceremonies to announce the start of fundraising efforts for a World War II memorial on March 19, 1997, on the National Mall in Washington. | Jamal Wilson/AFP/Getty Images
Dole (left) and former President George H.W. Bush watch during the Republican National Convention in August 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City | Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Dole gazes out over the remains of the World Trade Center in October 2001. | Mark Lennihan/AFP/Getty Images
Dole talks to Dwight Wetzel, from Offerle, Kan, who donned a Bob Dole mask for the occasion, as Dole makes an appearance with Republican Sen. Pat Roberts at the Edwards County Fairgrounds in September 2014, in Kinsley, Kan. Roberts was facing a tough re-election campaign, but eventually prevailed.
Bob Dole attends a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial on Nov. 11, 2016, in Washington. | Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images
Dole stands up and salutes the casket of the late former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the Capitol in December 2018. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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