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Barry Morris Goldwater (1909–98) was a U.S. senator representing Arizona. In 1964, he was the Republican Party's nominee for the presidency. He was born on January 1, 1909, to Baron M. Goldwater and Josephine Williams Goldwater. His high school education was completed at the Staunton Military Academy in Virginia, where he graduated as the top cadet in 1928. Goldwater began his undergraduate education at the University of Arizona but dropped out in 1929 to join his family's department store business. In 1934, Goldwater married Margaret “Peggy” Johnson, and they had four children together. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, eventually rising to the rank of colonel.

Goldwater's political career began when he successfully won an election to serve on the ...

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