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  •   A Look at the Life of Barry Goldwater

    Associated Press
    Friday, May 29, 1998; 11:36 a.m. EDT

    Important dates in the life of Barry Goldwater:

  • Jan. 1, 1909: Born in Phoenix, son of Baron and Josephine Williams Goldwater and the grandson of an immigrant Polish peddler who launched the Goldwater department-store chain.

  • 1928: Graduates from Staunton Military Academy in Virginia.

  • 1930: Joins the Army as a second Lieutenant.

  • Sept. 22, 1934: Marries Margaret "Peggy" Johnson.

    Goldwater climbs into an Air National Guard plane
    Sen. Barry Goldwater, a major general in the Air Force Reserve, climbs into an Arizona Air National Guard plane. (AP)

  • 1937: Becomes president of the family stores

  • 1941-45: pilot and colonel, U.S. Army Air Force.

  • 1945-52: major general and chief of Arizona Air National Guard

  • 1949: Elected to Phoenix City Council as part of a group of candidates aimed at cleaning up widespread prostitution and gambling.

  • 1952: Upsets Democratic Sen. Ernest McFarland to win his first term in the U.S. Senate by a 6,000-vote margin.

  • 1953: Becomes chairman of the Goldwater stores' board.

  • 1960: His name goes before the national Republican convention as a presidential candidate, but he withdraws in support of Richard Nixon.

  • 1964: Captures the 1964 presidential nomination after a convention fight with New York Gov. Nelson Rockfeller. In controversial speech, says that "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice." Gives up Senate seat for presidential bid.

  • 1964: Loses presidency to incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson, who rose to the White House the previous year after the assassination of John Kennedy.

  • 1967: Retires as a major general in the Air Force Reserve.

  • 1968: Gets re-elected to the Senate.

  • August 1974: One of several GOP leaders who visit President Nixon, telling him impeachment is inevitable. Nixon resigns that same week.

  • 1980: Survives his stiffest Senate challenge from Democrat Bill Schulz, a millionaire Phoenix landlord, who lost by about 10,000 votes.

  • 1985: Teams up with Sen. Same Nunn, D-Ga., to pursue far-reaching reorganization in the defense department.

  • 1985: Peggy, his wife of more than 50 years, dies after circulation problems force the amputation of a leg.

  • 1987: Retires from the Senate.

  • 1992: At age 83, marries health-care executive Susan Schaffer Wechsler, 51.

  • 1996: Endorses Republican Sen. Bob Dole in his bid for the presidency.

  • 1996: Suffers a stroke that damages the frontal lobe of his brain, which controls memory and personality.

  • 1997: Doctors tell relatives that Goldwater shows symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

  • May 29, 1998: Dies at his home in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

    © Copyright 1998 The Associated Press

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