This red, white, and blue, vertical Kansas delegation sign was used at the 1996 National Republican Convention in San Diego, California. At the Convention, delegates nominated Senator Bob Dole as the Republican Presidential candidate.
Born in Russell, Kansas, Dole was partially paralyzed during World War II. Beginning in 1950, his extensive career in public office spanned nearly 50 years. He served in the Kansas Legislature, the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He was also the vice presidential nominee with Gerald Ford in 1976. In 1996, he lost the Presidential election to incumbent Bill Clinton.
This sign identified Kansas delegation members on the convention floor during the nominating process. Delegation members autographed the side and top of the sign.
This piece of Kansas history is part of the Kansas History Museum collection in Topeka.
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