Barry Goldwater facts for kids
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|Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee|
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1987
|Preceded by||John Tower|
|Succeeded by||Sam Nunn|
|Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee|
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1985
|Preceded by||Birch Bayh|
|Succeeded by||David Durenberger|
|United States Senator
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1987
|Preceded by||Carl Hayden|
|Succeeded by||John McCain|
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1965
|Preceded by||Ernest McFarland|
|Succeeded by||Paul Fannin|
Barry Morris Goldwater
January 2, 1909
Phoenix, Territory of Arizona, U.S.
|Died||May 29, 1998
Paradise Valley, Arizona, U.S.
(m. 1934; died 1985)
Susan Schaffer Wechsler (m. 1992)
|Children||4, including Barry|
|Education||University of Arizona|
|Branch/service|| United States Army (1941–1947)
United States Air Force (1947–1967)
|Years of service||1941–1945 (USAAF)
|Rank|| Lieutenant Colonel (USAAF)
Major General (USAFR)
|Unit||U.S. Army Air Forces
Arizona Air National Guard
U.S. Air Force Reserve
|Battles/wars||World War II
He ran for President of the United States in 1964 against Lyndon B. Johnson. He did not win. Goldwater was a member of the Republican Party. He was a Freemason. He wrote The Conscience of a Conservative. He was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a commentator on the Cable News Network (CNN) in its early years.
Goldwater was called "Mr. Conservative" during his political career. He was a Senator from Arizona, replacing Ernest McFarland. In 1960, he wrote The Conscience of a Conservative. The book was a best seller. In 1964, he was the Republican candidate for President. He ran against Lyndon Johnson. Goldwater's most famous quote (which he said in July 1964 in San Francisco) was "Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no vice, and Moderation in the Pursuit of Justice is no virtue." He meant that people should always do what was necessary to make the world freer and more just even if it was hard or made them unpopular. Goldwater lost to Johnson by a large number of votes.
Goldwater went back to the Senate after losing the election. His run for president helped start the conservative movement of today, which agrees with many of Goldwater's ideas. He didn't agree with the social conservatives who were against abortion and gay rights. Goldwater stayed in the Senate until 1987. He helped Sandra Day O'Connor get on the Supreme Court. He passed a military reform law. Goldwater retired to Arizona after being in the Senate. He died in Arizona in 1998.
Goldwater enjoyed photography, airplanes, and radio. He collected Native American Kachina Dolls, which are made by the Native Americans of Arizona. He donated his collection to a museum. Goldwater had four children.
Images for kids
Major General Barry M. Goldwater in his office at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. in January, 1967.
President Lyndon B. Johnson with Senator Goldwater, January 16, 1964
President Ronald Reagan and Senator Goldwater award retired General Jimmy Doolittle, USAFR, with a fourth star, April 10, 1985
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