Barry GoldwaterU.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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