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Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole is born

Today in Masonic History Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole is born in 1923.

Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole is an American politician.

Dole was born on July 22nd, 1923 in Russell, Kansas. Dole graduated from Russell High School in 1941. In high school, Dole was a star athlete and was recruited to play basketball for the University of Kansas (KU). While at KU Dole also participated in track and football while he was in the pre-med program.

In 1942, Dole joined the United States Army's Enlisted Reserve Corps. He was made a second lieutenant in the 10th Mountain Division. In 1945 while engaged in combat in Northern Italy Dole was struck by enemy machine gun fire. He was hit in his upper back and right arm. The wounds were so severe that the only thing his fellow soldiers could do was give him the largest dose of morphine they could and write an "M" on his forehead, which they did with Dole's own blood, so that the next person that came upon him would not give him another dose of morphine.

Back in the United States, Dole began the long journey back from his physical injuries as well as the emotional injuries and depression. It was not until he met a Dr. Hampar Kelikian, a Chicago Orthopedist that Dole's outlook on his future began to improve. He would later say of that the doctor had "an impact on my life second only to my family."

From 1948 to 1951, Dole attended the University of Arizona. In 1952 he earned a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn University

In 1950, Dole was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives where he served a two year term. After his graduation from Washburn University he passed the bar and opened a law practice in Russell. In 1952 he became the County Attorney of Russell County and would serve in that position for eight years. In 1960 he was elected to the United States House of representatives serving until 1968.

In 1968 Dole was elected tot he United States Senate. He would serve in the Senate until his retirement in 1996. During his time in the Senate he was invoked with Presidential politics either as a candidate for the presidency or a vice presidential candidate. This was in 1976 as President Gerald Ford's Vice Presidential running mate. In 1980 when he ran for the Republican nomination against Ronald Reagan. He ran again for the Republican nomination in 1988 against then Vice President George H.W. Bush. He finally ran in 1996 as the Republican Presidential nominee when he ran against President Bill Clinton. It was at this time that he retired from the United States Senate to full focus on the campaign. He would lose the election to Clinton.

After retirement, Dole was an on-air political commentator, a product spokesman and had an occasional guest appearance on various television shows, at times parodying himself.

Dole has most recently been seen at the 2016 Republican National Convention and recently donated money to a camp in Kansas to help children with cancer.

Dole was initiated as a member of Russell Lodge No. 177 in Russell, Kansas on April 19th, 1955.