Barry Morris Goldwater (1909 - 1998)

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Place of Burial: Phoenix Ward 2, Maricopa, Arizona
Birthplace: Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, USA
Death: Died in Paradise Valley, Maricopa, Arizona, USA
Occupation: United States Senator
Managed by: Gary Katz
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About Barry Morris Goldwater

Barry Goldwater was a five-term United States Senator from Arizona (1953–1965, 1969–1987) and the Republican Party's nominee for President in the 1964 election. An articulate and charismatic figure in the 1960–64 era, he was known as "Mr. Conservative." He 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 was born in Phoenix, in what was then the Arizona Territory, the son of Baron Goldwater and his wife, Hattie Josephine ("JoJo") Williams. His father's Jewish American family had founded Goldwater's, the largest department store in Phoenix. The family name had been changed from Goldwasser to Goldwater at least as early as the 1860 census in Los Angeles, California. Goldwater's paternal grandparents, Michel and Sarah (Nathan) Goldwasser, had been married in the Great Synagogue of London. Goldwater's mother came from an old Yankee family that included the famous theologian, Roger Williams of Rhode Island. Goldwater's parents were married in an Episcopal church in Phoenix; for his entire life, Goldwater was an Episcopalian, though on rare occasions he referred to himself as "Jewish".

Goldwater was a lifelong Freemason, being initiated in Arizona Lodge #2 in Phoenix in 1931, becoming a 33rd Degree Mason in the Scottish Rite and was a Knights Templar in the York Rite.


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Barry Goldwater's Timeline

January 1, 1909
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, USA
Age 1
Phoenix Ward 2, Maricopa, Arizona
September 22, 1934
Age 25
Arizona, USA
May 29, 1998
Age 89
Paradise Valley, Maricopa, Arizona, USA