Dole is lying on Capitol Hill, returning to the building where he served for decades.

Robert J. Dole, the son of the Kansas Dust Bowl, WWII hero and Republican presidential candidate, sits in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursda...


Robert J. Dole, the son of the Kansas Dust Bowl, WWII hero and Republican presidential candidate, sits in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, returning to the building he revered as a congressman and senator for more than three decades for an honor bestowed on only thirty people before him.

Soldiers carried the coffin of Mr. Dole, who died Sunday at the age of 98, at the Capitol during an official arrival ceremony. Debates include a tribute from President Biden. Mr Dole will be lying in state from noon to 8 p.m., although due to the coronavirus pandemic there will be no public screening.

His body will leave the Capitol at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The the honor of lying in the state under the dome of the Capitol was granted to presidents and generals, senators and admirals. Only one woman, Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was laid down on Capitol Hill, but her coffin was placed in the National Statuary Hall, adjacent to the Rotunda.

The ceremony in all its solemnity was well known to Mr Dole, who served as Senate Majority Leader and, in one of his last public appearances, rose from his wheelchair in December 2018 to pay tribute to former President George HW Bush while he rests in the state.

A die most enduring political figures of the last century, Mr. Dole was appointed Vice-President in 1976, then President 20 years later. He spent four terms in the House, then a quarter of a century in the Senate, where he was his party’s longest-serving leader until Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell broke that record in June 2018.

He was seriously injured in Italy during World War II, and his military record shaped his service inside and outside government. His death on Sunday marked the passing of the Senate’s largest generation; his friend and fellow senator, Daniel K. Inouye, was once convalescing with him in the same military hospital and lay under the same dome nine years ago this month.

“All of us who served in Congress at the same time as he were very proud” to welcome his body to Capitol Hill, President Nancy Pelosi of California said on Wednesday. “He was a person who taught everyone here about dignity, duty, integrity and patriotism.”

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