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Senator Bob Dole

Senator Bob Dole spent his long career in service to Kansans. He continues his support of state programs through a generous gift of $155,000 to assist the Historical Society with efforts at Fort Hays State Historic Site in Hays and Red Rocks State Historic Site in Emporia.

“I am proud of what the Kansas Historical Society is doing to preserve our heritage and our historic sites throughout the state,” Dole said, “to educate ourselves and others about the important contributions of Kansans throughout our nation's history, offer researchers and students what they need to do their important work and, finally, remind everyone of the values and sacrifices of Kansans that still help make this a great country."

A native of Russell, Dole was studying law at the University of Kansas when the United States became involved in World War II. He left his studies to serve as a member of the U.S. Army’s Enlisted Reserve Corps. After recovering from injuries sustained in the war, Dole attended the University of Arizona and Washburn University, where he received his law degree. He began a long political career that culminated with 27 years of service as U. S. senator, serving part of the time as Senate majority leader. Dole has also been involved in presidential politics and has authored several books. He serves as special counsel to the Washington, D.C., law firm of Alston & Bird and is a political/public policy consultant and public speaker.

Senator Dole’s donation will provide support for two of the Historical Society’s state historic sites. Fort Hays was an important U.S. Army post that was active from 1865 until 1889. The William Allen White House was the showplace home of the nationally known newspaperman and author from 1899 to his death in 1944. “We are extremely appreciative of Senator Dole’s generosity,” said Jennie Chinn, executive director. “We’ll use this gift to assist with programs for visitors at the two sites, particularly those intended to reach students K-12.”