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Goldwater, Barrylocked

(01 January 1909–29 May 1998)
  • Nicol C. Rae


Goldwater, Barry (01 January 1909–29 May 1998), U.S. senator and presidential candidate, was born Barry Morris Goldwater in Phoenix, Arizona, the son of Baron M. “Barry” Goldwater, a businessman and retailer, and Josephine Williams Goldwater. Although raised an Episcopalian, Goldwater was the grandson of a Jewish immigrant from Poland, Michel Goldwasser, who had prospered in the “dry goods” business. Goldwater's father, Baron, eventually settled in Phoenix, where he opened a successful women's clothing store. Young Barry's unimpressive school record led his father to enroll him, at age fifteen, at Staunton Military Academy in Virginia, where Goldwater graduated as top military cadet in 1928. After his father's death in 1929, Goldwater dropped out of the University of Arizona and joined the family department store business. In 1934 he married Margaret “Peggy” Johnson; the couple had two sons and two daughters....

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