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DiedMay 29, 1998, Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
SpouseSusan Shaffer Wechsler, Margaret Johnson
FactInducted into the Hall of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1991.

Barry Goldwater was born on January 2, 1909, in Phoenix, Arizona. His parents were Baron Goldwater and Hattie Josephine Williams. He had four siblings: Robert, Joanne, Gloria, and Peggy. Goldwater’s father was a successful businessman who owned a department store called Goldwater’s. His mother was a homemaker. Goldwater’s grandfather, Meyer Goldwasser, was a Polish Jew who immigrated to the United States in the mid-19th century.

Goldwater was educated at Staunton Military Academy in Virginia and at the University of Arizona. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1930 with a degree in economics.

Goldwater’s career began in the family business. He eventually became the president of Goldwater’s department store. In 1940, he opened a jewelry store called Barry Goldwater & Company. He also became involved in politics and was elected to the Phoenix City Council in 1949.

In 1952, Goldwater ran for the United States Senate but was defeated by Democrat Ernest McFarland. He ran again in 1958 and this time was successful. He served in the Senate from 1959 to 1965.

In 1964, Goldwater was the Republican nominee for president. He lost to Democrat Lyndon Johnson in a landslide. After his defeat, Goldwater returned to the Senate and served until 1987.

Goldwater was married twice. His first wife was Peggy Johnson whom he married in 1934. They had four children: Joanne, Peggy, Barry, and Michael. Goldwater’s second wife was Susan Wechsler whom he married in 1992.

Goldwater died on May 29, 1998, at the age of 89.

Goldwater was a conservative Republican and an outspoken critic of communism. He was also a strong supporter of Israel. In his later years, he became more libertarian in his views.

Goldwater’s net worth was estimated to be $8 million at the time of his death.

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Full NameBarry Goldwater
DiedMay 29, 1998, Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
ProfessionPolitician, Photographer, Businessperson, Military Officer
EducationUniversity of Arizona, Staunton Military Academy


SpouseSusan Shaffer Wechsler, Margaret Johnson
ChildrenBarry Goldwater Jr., Peggy Goldwater, Joanne Goldwater, Michael Goldwater
ParentsHattie Josephine Williams, Baron M. Goldwater
SiblingsRobert Goldwater, Carolyn Erskine

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1Mr. Nixon hurt the Republican Party and he hurt America and, frankly, I don't think he should ever be forgiven. He came as close to destroying this country as any one man in that office ever has come.
2You don't have to be straight to be in the military; you just have to be able to shoot straight.
3Hubert H. Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
4To disagree, one doesn't have to be disagreeable.
5Religious factions will go on imposing their will on others unless the decent people connected to them recognize that religion has no place in public policy. They must learn to make their views known without trying to make their views the only alternatives.
6I don't think there was any Reagan revolution. This country is based, its economy is based, on free enterprise. The government's based on a constitutional democracy. And all Reagan did was to continue what Harry Truman did and George Washington started.
7"I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!" - Acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention, 1964.


1Was a Charter and Founding member of the Arizona NAACP.
2In 1964, became the first Republican nominee for U.S. President to receive less than twenty percent of the black vote.
3During World War II while serving at Luke Field he was squadron leader to Gene Autry.
4Through his father, he was a second cousin, three times removed, of actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Goldwater's paternal great-grandparents, Hirsch Goldwasser and Scheindel-Chawe/Fravda, were also Christopher's maternal great-great-great-great-grandparents.
5His paternal grandfather, Michael Goldwasser, was a Polish Jewish immigrant, and his paternal grandmother, Sarah Nathan, was from an English Jewish family. His mother was from a family that lived in the American Midwest for several generations, and had English ancestry.
6Inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame in 2001 (inaugural class).
7Inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1982.
8Inducted into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame in 1998 (inaugural class).
9Inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame in 1990.
10Received the International Swimming Hall of Fame's Gold Medallion in 1983.
11Father of Barry Goldwater Jr..
12Stepfather of Molly Schaffer.
13Retired from the U.S. Senate in 1986. From 1987 to the present (2015), his former seat has been held by John McCain.
14In 2006, his nephew, Donald Goldwater, sought the Republican nomination for Arizona governor, only to lose the nomination to Len Munsil (who eventually lost the gubernatorial election to Democratic incumbent Governor Janet Napolitano).
15While running for president, he was endorsed by Ronald Reagan. In addition, despite his election loss, he was credited for helping pave the way for Reagan's presidency.
16His presidential campaign slogan was "In your heart, you know he's right." In response, President Lyndon Johnson's campaign spoofed it with "In your heart, you know he might" and "In your guts, you know he's nuts."
17In 1974, during the height of the Watergate scandal, he advised President Richard Nixon he should resign from office.
18Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 235-237. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
19During his 1964 presidential campaign, a television ad featuring a girl counting daisies, followed by a mushroom cloud, was broadcast. The commercial was designed to imply that he would start a nuclear war if he were elected president. Known as the "Daisy ad", the attack ad was viewed as a factor in his landslide defeat by incumbent Lyndon Johnson.
20In his later years, he became estranged from his own party, which he saw as becoming influenced by the religious right - something he strongly opposed as a conservative libertarian.
21Member of the US Republican Party.
22Credited with defining the core values of the modern-day Republican party.
23Was an amateur radio operator and held license K7UGA.
24Was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
25Inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1991.
26The chemical equasion "AuH2O" was often used as a symbol for support of Goldwater during one of his presidential campaigns. "Au" is the Periodic table symbol for gold, and "H2O" hydrogen (x2) and oxygen, creating water. "AuH2O" literally being "gold water".
27He was well known as the first Amateur Radio operator to serve in the United States Senate.
28He served as a fighter pilot in the United States Army Air Forces in World War II - he retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1969 with the rank of Major General.
29U.S. senator from Arizona (1953-1965, 1969-1987). Lost 1964 presidential election to Lyndon Johnson.




Cadillac Desert1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-1995TV SeriesHimself
Firing Line1966-1989TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
John Wayne Standing Tall1989TV MovieHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Broken Rainbow1985DocumentaryHimself
I Love Liberty1982TV SpecialHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1979TV Series documentaryHimself
UFO's Are Real1979DocumentaryHimself - US Senator
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Jimmy Stewart1978TV SpecialHimself (as Sen. Barry Goldwater)
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Dean Martin1976TV SpecialHimself (as Sen. Barry Goldwater)
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Evel Knievel1975TV SpecialHimself
The Dean Martin Show1973TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
Dinah's Place1971TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1970TV SeriesHimself - US Senator
The Merv Griffin Show1965-1970TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Christmas Special1969TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
The Joey Bishop Show1968TV SeriesHimself
CBS Reports1967TV Series documentaryHimself
NET Journal1967TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1966TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today1965TV SeriesHimself
The Delegate1964TV Movie documentaryHimself
World in Action1964TV Series documentaryHimself
Issues and Answers1964TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Jack Paar Program1963-1964TV SeriesHimself / Senator Barry Goldwater
Longines Chronoscope1952TV SeriesHimself - U.S. Senator

Archive Footage

Jeopardy!2016TV SeriesHimself
Rich Hall's Presidential Grudge Match2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
All the Way2016TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Imminent Threat2015DocumentaryHimself
The Raising of America2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Bombs Away: LBJ, Goldwater and the 1964 Campaign That Changed It All2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (as Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-AZ)
American Experience1991-2014TV Series documentaryHimself
20/202011TV Series documentaryHimself
Hubert H Humphrey: The Art of the Possible2010TV Movie documentaryHimself - 1964 Republican Presidential Nominee
Variations on a High School Romance2010Himself
Bill Moyers' Journal2009TV Series documentaryHimself - Senator, Arizona
William F. Buckley: Right from the Start2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mr. Conservative: Goldwater on Goldwater2006DocumentaryHimself
Rumor Has It...2005Himself (uncredited)
Biography2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Frontline2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Hardball with Chris Matthews2004TV SeriesHimself
LBJ vs. the Kennedys: Chasing Demons2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara2003DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Dick1999Himself (at 1972 Convention) (uncredited)
Cold War1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
American Masters1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America1992Himself (uncredited)
In Search of the Constitution1987TV Series documentaryHimself
Jack Paar Comes Home1986TV Movie documentaryHimself
Vietnam: A Television History1983TV Series documentaryHimself
Karl Hess: Toward Liberty1980Documentary shortHimself
A Funny Thing Happened Everywhere1967TV MovieHimself - US Senator
Four Days in November1964DocumentaryHimself
World in Action1964TV Series documentaryHimself

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