Barry Goldwater

U.S. Congressperson

1909 – 1998

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Who was Barry Goldwater?

Barry Morris Goldwater was a businessman and five-term United States Senator from Arizona and the Republican Party's nominee for president in the 1964 election. An articulate and charismatic figure during the first half of the 1960s, he was known as "Mr. Conservative".

Goldwater is the politician most often credited for sparking the resurgence of the American conservative political movement in the 1960s. He also had a substantial impact on the libertarian movement.

Goldwater rejected the legacy of the New Deal and fought through the conservative coalition against the New Deal coalition. He mobilized a large conservative constituency to win the hard-fought Republican primaries. Goldwater's conservative campaign platform ultimately failed to gain the support of the electorate and he lost the 1964 presidential election to incumbent Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson by one of the largest landslides in history, bringing down many Republican candidates as well. The Johnson campaign and other critics painted him as a reactionary, while supporters praised his crusades against the Soviet Union, labor unions, and the welfare state. His defeat allowed Johnson and the Democrats in Congress to pass the Great Society programs, but the defeat of so many older Republicans in 1964 also cleared the way for a younger generation of American conservatives to mobilize. Goldwater was much less active as a national leader of conservatives after 1964; his supporters mostly rallied behind Ronald Reagan, who became governor of California in 1967 and the 40th President of the United States in 1981.

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Born
Jan 2, 1909
Phoenix
Also known as
  • Barry Morris Goldwater
  • Mr. Conservative
  • Senator Barry Goldwater
  • Barry M. Goldwater
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Episcopal Church
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Arizona
  • Staunton Military Academy
Lived in
  • Arizona
  • Phoenix
Died
May 29, 1998
Paradise Valley

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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