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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 January 1909Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Date of Death 29 May 1998Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA  (effects of a stroke and Alzheimer's disease)
Birth NameBarry Morris Goldwater
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barry Goldwater was born on January 1, 1909 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Barry Morris Goldwater. He was married to Susan Shaffer Wechsler and Margaret Johnson. He died on May 29, 1998 in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Spouse (2)

Susan Shaffer Wechsler (9 February 1992 - 29 May 1998) (his death)
Margaret Johnson (22 September 1934 - 11 December 1985) (her death) (4 children)

Trivia (28)

U.S. senator from Arizona (1953-1965, 1969-1987). Lost 1964 presidential election to Lyndon Johnson.
He served as a fighter pilot in the United States Army Air Forces in World War II - he retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1969 with the rank of Major General.
He was well known as the first Amateur Radio operator to serve in the United States Senate.
The chemical equasion "AuH2O" was often used as a symbol for support of Goldwater during one of his presidential campaigns. "Au" is the Periodic table symbol for gold, and "H2O" hydrogen (x2) and oxygen, creating water. "AuH2O" literally being "gold water".
Inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1991.
Was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Was an amateur radio operator and held license K7UGA.
Credited with defining the core values of the modern-day Republican party.
Member of the US Republican Party.
In his later years, he became estranged from his own party, which he saw as becoming influenced by the religious right - something he strongly opposed as a conservative libertarian.
During his 1964 presidential campaign, a television ad featuring a girl counting daisies, followed by a mushroom cloud, was broadcast. The commercial was designed to imply that he would start a nuclear war if he were elected president. Known as the "Daisy ad", the attack ad was viewed as a factor in his landslide defeat by incumbent Lyndon Johnson.
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 235-237. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
In 1974, during the height of the Watergate scandal, he advised President Richard Nixon he should resign from office.
His presidential campaign slogan was "In your heart, you know he's right." In response, President Lyndon Johnson's campaign spoofed it with "In your heart, you know he might" and "In your guts, you know he's nuts."
While running for president, he was endorsed by Ronald Reagan. In addition, despite his election loss, he was credited for helping pave the way for Reagan's presidency.
In 2006, his nephew, Donald Goldwater, sought the Republican nomination for Arizona governor, only to lose the nomination to Len Munsil (who eventually lost the gubernatorial election to Democratic incumbent Governor Janet Napolitano).
Retired from the U.S. Senate in 1986. From 1987 to the present (2015), his former seat has been held by John McCain.
Stepfather of Molly Schaffer.
Father of Barry Goldwater Jr..
Received the International Swimming Hall of Fame's Gold Medallion in 1983.
Inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame in 1990.
Inducted into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame in 1998 (inaugural class).
Inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1982.
Inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame in 2001 (inaugural class).
His paternal grandfather, Michael Goldwasser, was a Polish Jewish immigrant, and his paternal grandmother, Sarah Nathan, was from an English Jewish family. His mother was from a family that lived in the American Midwest for several generations, and had English ancestry.
Through his father, he was a second cousin, three times removed, of actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Goldwater's paternal great-grandparents, Hirsch Goldwasser and Scheindel-Chawe/Fravda, were also Christopher's maternal great-great-great-great-grandparents.
During World War II while serving at Luke Field he was squadron leader to Gene Autry.
In 1964, became the first Republican nominee for U.S. President to receive less than twenty percent of the black vote.

Personal Quotes (7)

"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!" - Acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention, 1964.
I don't think there was any Reagan revolution. This country is based, its economy is based, on free enterprise. The government's based on a constitutional democracy. And all Reagan did was to continue what Harry Truman did and George Washington started.
Religious factions will go on imposing their will on others unless the decent people connected to them recognize that religion has no place in public policy. They must learn to make their views known without trying to make their views the only alternatives.
To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable.
Hubert H. Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight.
Mr. Nixon hurt the Republican Party and he hurt America and, frankly, I don't think he should ever be forgiven. He came as close to destroying this country as any one man in that office ever has come.

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