Barry Goldwater was an American politician,
five-term U.S. Senator (1953-65, 1969-87),
whose unsuccessful 1964 U.S. Presidential
candidacy helped launch a conservative revolution
within the Republican Party.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: Barry Morris Goldwater
Date, time and place of birth: January 2, 1909, at 3 a.m.,
at 710 North Center Street (now Central Avenue), Phoenix, Arizona *
Date, time, place and cause of death: May 29, 1998,
shortly after 7 a.m., Paradise Valley, Arizona, U.S.A. (Natural causes)
Wife: Margaret "Peggy" Johnson
(m. September 22, 1934 - December 11, 1985) (her death)
Wedding took place in Muncie, Indiana, U.S.A.
Wife: Susan Shaffer Wechsler (m. February 9, 1992 - May 29, 1998) (his death)
Wedding took place in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A.
Sons: Barry Morris Goldwater, Jr. (b. July 15, 1938)
Michael Goldwater (b. 1940)
Father: Baron Goldwater (a merchant) (d. March 6, 1929)
Mother: Josephine Williams (b. 1876 - d. December 27, 1966)
Remains: Cremated, with ashes interred at the
Christ Church of the Ascension Memorial Garden,
4015 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, Arizona, U.S.A.
Error corrections or clarifications
* He was not born January 1st, or the 3rd
as most sources have reported. Throughout his life,
Senator Goldwater reported January 1st as his date of
birth in his various autobiographies and other books,
because he truly believed that it was his actual date
of birth. Late in life, he became aware of a birth
announcement appearing in the Saturday evening edition
of the Arizona Gazette, January 2nd, 1909, which
reads, "At 3 oclock this morning, a beautiful nine-pound
baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Goldwater at their
home on north Center Street. It was perhaps late for the
little stranger to wish his parents a 'Happy New Year' but
the many friends of Barry are making up for it today by
congratulating him and sending their best wishes to Mrs.
Goldwater, who is getting along very well."
Senator Barry Goldwater later confirmed the above birth
data revelation in an interview appearing in the January
18th, 1987 issue of Arizona Republic.
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past editions, have offered erroneous
birth data on Senator Goldwater.
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Career - Selected writing credits
Considered the architect of modern conservatism,
Barry M. Goldwater championed a brand of rugged
individualism, and was one of the most influential
U.S. leaders of the 20th century. General Goldwater
also served in the U.S. military and the reserves
(1941-67), was an experienced pilot and founded
the Arizona National Guard. Other positions
Goldwater held, include Phoenix city council member
(1949-1952), Department of the Interior, Indian
Affairs advisory committee member (1948-50), and
President of Goldwater's department stores (1937-53).
Goldwater never hesitated to speak his mind. His habit
of speaking from the hip, produced comments that came
back to haunt him for years. "There are words of mine
floating around in the air that I would like to reach
up and eat," he once said. It was that bluntness and
candor that caused many voters in the 1964 Presidential
election to fear he was a trigger-happy hawk who might
start a nuclear war, and was one of the factors that
contributed to his defeat. He served five-terms in the
U.S. Senate (1953-65, 1969-87). In 1986, he received the
nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal
Goldwater was an avid outdoorsman and an accomplished
photographer best known for his Western landscapes
and pictures of native Americans. His photographs
of the American West have appeared in many magazines
and several books.
Selected writing credits:
He was the author of a number of books including,
Arizona Portraits (1940), The Conscience of a
Conservative (1960), Why Not Victory?: A Fresh
Look at American Foreign Policy (1962), People
and Places (1967), The Conscience of a Majority
(1970), The Coming Breakpoint (1976), China
and the Abrogation of Treaties (1978), With No
Apologies (1979), and Goldwater (1988).
The most in-depth of more than four dozen
sources consulted in preparing this
profile: Goldwater, by Barry Goldwater (1988) With No Apologies, by Barry Goldwater (1979) The Conscience of a Conservative, by Barry Goldwater (1960) Mr. Conservative: Barry Goldwater, by Jack Bell (1962)
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