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Robert Joseph Dole (1923 - 2021)

Robert Joseph (Bob) Dole
Born in Russell, Russell, Kansas, United Statesmap
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Husband of [private wife (1930s - unknown)]
Husband of — married 12 Jun 1948 (to 11 Jan 1972) in Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died in Russell, Russell, Kansas, United Statesmap
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Preceded by
Wint Smith

Preceded by
Frank Carlson
Robert J. "Bob" Dole
U.S. Representative
from Kansas
Seal of the US Senate

U.S. Senator
from Kansas
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Succeeded by
Keith Sebelius

Succeeded by
Sheila Frahm


Capt. Bob Dole served in the United States Army in World War II
Service started: 15 Dec 1942
Unit(s): 10th Mountain Division
Service ended: 1947
Bob Dole was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" device.
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Bob Dole is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

He was born on 22 Jul 1923 in Russell, Kansas, USA and his parents were Bina Marie Talbott and Doran Ray Dole.

He was a star high school athlete at Russell High School where he graduated in 1941.

During World War II he served with distinction in the United States Army. In April 1945, as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 10th Mountain Division, while engaged in combat near Castel d'Aiano in Italy, he was struck by shell fragments in the back and arm. His spine partially shattered, his wounds were presumed to be mortal. Nevertheless, he survived and through multiple surgeries he was able to recover, but never recovered full use of his right arm. He was discharged as a Captain in 1947 for medical reasons.

Robert "Bob" Joseph Dole first married on 12 Jun 1948 in New Hampshire, USA to Phyllis Eloise (Holden) Macey.

He was an attorney and American politician.

From 1961 to 1969 he served in the United States House of Representatives.

From 1969 to 1996 he represented the state of Kansas in the United States Senate. During the final 11 years of his tenure, he was the Republican Leader of the United States Senate, including three nonconsecutive years as Senate Majority Leader.

He and his wife divorced on 11 January 1972.

Robert "Bob" Joseph Dole remarried on 06 December 1975 to Elizabeth.

He was the vice presidential nominee in the 1976 election (running mate to Gerald Ford in his unsuccessful re-election campaign).

He was also the Republican presidential nominee in the 1996 election.

He died on 05 Dec 2021 in Russell, Kansas, USA. He is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.[1]

His 4th GGFs, Ichabod Daggett and Joseph Mitchell, both fought in the Revolutionary War. His 6th GGF, John Dole, emigrated from Wales.


  • "Kansas State Census, 1925". Citing Page: 29; Line: 28; Record number: 24;. FamilySearch (accessed 14 December 2021) FamilySearch Image Image number 00317. Robert Dole (2) son in household of D R Dole (24) in Kansas, United States. Born in Kansas.
  • "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 December 2021), Robert Dole in household of Doran Dole, Russell, Russell, Kansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 16, sheet 20A, line 23, family 511, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 718; FHL microfilm 2,340,453.
  • "United States Census, 1940". Citing enumeration district (ED) 84-16A, sheet 4B, line 62, family 84, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1257. FamilySearch (accessed 14 December 2021) FamilySearch Image. Robert J Dole (16), single son in household of Doran R Dole (39) in Ward 1, Russell, Russell City, Russell, Kansas, United States.
  • "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946". Citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) ( : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 1263923, National Archives at College Park, Maryland. FamilySearch (accessed 14 December 2021). Name: Robert J Dole; Marital Status: Single, without dependents; Race: White; Military Service Date: 15 Dec 1942; Military Service Place: Lawrence, Kansas, United States; Birth Date: 1923; Birth Place: KANSAS; Arc Identifier: 1263923; Branch Code: Judge Advocate General's Department; Branch Code Orig: 99; Civil Occupation Orig: 992; Component: Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status); Component Orig: 3; Deferment Month: 02; Deferment Year: 46; Education: 1 year of college; Education Orig: 5; Enlistment Day: 15; Enlistment Month: Dec; Enlistment Month Orig: 12; Enlistment Place: LAWRENCE KANSAS; Enlistment Place Orig: 7358; Enlistment Year: 1942; Enlistment Year Orig: 42; Event Type: Military Service; Grade Alpha Orig: PVT; Grade Code: Private; Grade Code Orig: 8; Major Force Of Assign: 9; Military Occupation: 7417; Reel Box Card: 02602.117; Serial Number: 17179287; Source: Civil Life; Source Orig: 0.
  • "New Hampshire Marriage Certificates, 1948-1959". Citing Marriage, New Hampshire, New Hampshire - Vital records, United States, New Hampshire Vital Records Office. FamilySearch (accessed 14 December 2021) FamilySearch Image Image number 00768. Robert Joseph Dole marriage to Phyllis E Holden on 12 Jun 1948 in New Hampshire, New Hampshire - Vital records, United States.

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Alden-2884 and Dole-371 do not represent the same person because: Definitely not the same person.
posted by Scott Fulkerson
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posted by Abby (Brown) Glann
Why are his wounds and injuries from WW2 not mentioned in his biography? Those wounds and injuries define the rest of his life for him. The people who cared for him in the years after the war ended helped him rise up from the deep depression and make something of himself and his life. He ended up with a partially paralyzed right arm and limited use of his left arm. He taught himself to write with his left hand and spent 3 years recovering and getting his body to the point where he could go on with his life.

I've admired him for years and a few years before he made his presidential run I met him at Walter Reed when I went there to see my neurologist. He was there setting up the care for his prostate surgery and was accompanied by a team of very high ranking officers, doctors and possibly Secret Service men. When I noticed him they tried to get me to go away, but he broke away from them to come over and speak to me and my husband. I didn't know how to greet him so when he offered his left hand I clasped it with both of my hands. He was warm and very friendly and asked us about why we were at Walter Reed. He loved my answer that my husband had been a career soldier with 21 yrs active duty and offered condolences when I told him my father had been killed in WW2. He said I should be very proud of him, and I am.

He was much easier to talk with than any other politician I've ever met and I've been meeting them for over 60 years now. He had more common sense than any politician in congress today, he tried to get things done through bipartisanship and we didn't have the hate there is today between the 2 parties. We need to get that feeling of bipartisanship back in the Capitoland everywhere else in the nation.

Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 05 December 2021), memorial page for Bob Dole (22 Jul 1923–5 Dec 2021), Find a Grave Memorial ID 234584316, ; Maintained by DAS (contributor 51027149) Burial Details Unknown.

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Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 05 December 2021), memorial page for Robert Joseph Dole (23 Jul 1923–5 Dec 2021), Find a Grave Memorial ID 234584033, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Jordan Rhone (contributor 48453919) .


Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 05 December 2021), memorial page for Robert Joseph “Bob” Dole (23 Jul 1923–5 Dec 2021), Find a Grave Memorial ID 234584191, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Starfishin (contributor 48860385) .

posted by Aaron Gullison
edited by Aaron Gullison
William Addams Reitwiesner, genealogist, 1954-2010, has a website with many politicians here:

Mr. Reitwiesner is a William Washburne & Jane Nichols descendant, as is Senator Dole, President Nixon, Johnny Carson, Jake & Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ron Howard, Edwin Hubble, William Stanley Merwin, others.

posted by Charles Vigneron Jr

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