Barry Goldwater

American politician and military officer (1909–1998)

Barry Morris Goldwater (January 2, 1909 – May 29, 1998) was a conservative politician from the United States. He represented Arizona in the United States Senate.

Barry Goldwater
Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byJohn Tower
Succeeded bySam Nunn
Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee
In office
January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1985
Preceded byBirch Bayh
Succeeded byDavid Durenberger
United States Senator
from Arizona
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byCarl Hayden
Succeeded byJohn McCain
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1965
Preceded byErnest McFarland
Succeeded byPaul Fannin
Personal details
Barry Morris Goldwater

(1909-01-02)January 2, 1909
Phoenix, Territory of Arizona, U.S.
DiedMay 29, 1998(1998-05-29) (aged 89)
Paradise Valley, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Margaret Johnson
(m. 1934; died 1985)

Susan Schaffer Wechsler
(m. 1992)
Children4, including Barry
EducationUniversity of Arizona
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army (1941–1947)
 United States Air Force (1947–1967)
Years of service1941–1945 (USAAF)
1945–1952 (ANG)
1952–1967 (USAFR)
Rank Lieutenant Colonel (USAAF)
Colonel (ANG)
Major General (USAFR)
UnitU.S. Army Air Forces
Arizona Air National Guard
U.S. Air Force Reserve
Battles/warsWorld War II
Korean War

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.[1]

Goldwater died from a stroke in Paradise Valley, Arizona, aged 89. He was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.



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.

Personal life


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.


  1. CNN is a 24 hour video newspapers by Tony Seideman The Telegraphy May 16, 1981,3826132

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