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Sound Off: Bob Dole's first marriage

I was just informed that Bob Dole has been married twice. I’m curious about his first marriage. Can you give us a name and a condition for their separation?

Dole married Phyllis Holden in 1948, after meeting her at the Battle Creek, Mich., military hospital where he was recovering from battlefield injuries and she worked as an occupational therapist. They had a daughter, Robin, six years later, before divorcing in 1972. Dole reportedly asked for the divorce without explanation, though his ex-wife has said they had grown estranged. Dole married his second and current wife, Elizabeth, in 1975.


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