Barry Goldwater

U.S. Senator

Born: 1 January 1909
Died: 29 May 1998
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona
Best known as: Conservative icon
Barry Goldwater returned from the Army Air Force after World War II with the rank of Lt. Colonel. After a brief hitch with the family store, Goldwater entered politics and by 1952 had been elected U.S. Senator from Arizona. In 1964 Goldwater ran for the presidency, urging less government, a strong military and the end of federal welfare programs. He lost to Lyndon Johnson, becoming an ideological hero for the Republicans in the process. He was returned to the Senate for three more terms, retiring in 1986.

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