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Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul

Also Known As: "Ron Paul"
Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Howard Casper Paul and Margaret Paul
Husband of <private> Paul (Wells)
Father of Rand Paul, U.S. Senator; <private> Pyeatt (Paul) and <private> LeBlanc (Paul)
Brother of <private> Paul and <private> Paul

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About Ron Paul

Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul (born August 20, 1935) is an American medical doctor, author, Republican U.S. Congressman of the House of Representatives and candidate for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination. Paul is currently the U.S. Congressman for the 14th congressional district of Texas, which comprises the area south and southwest of the Greater Houston region, including Galveston. Paul serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Joint Economic Committee, and the House Committee on Financial Services, and is Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology, where he has been an outspoken critic of current American foreign and monetary policy.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paul is a graduate of Gettysburg College and the Duke University School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. Paul served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1963 until 1968, during the Vietnam War. He worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist during the 1960s and 1970s, delivering more than 4,000 babies, before entering politics during 1976.

Paul is the initiator of the advocacy group Campaign for Liberty and his ideas have been expressed in numerous published articles and books, including Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom (2011), End The Fed (2009), The Revolution: A Manifesto (2008), Pillars of Prosperity (2008), A Foreign Policy of Freedom: Peace, Commerce, and Honest Friendship (2007), and The Case for Gold (1982). According to University of Georgia political scientist Keith Poole, Paul had the most conservative voting record of any member of Congress since 1937.[3] His son Rand Paul was elected to the United States Senate for Kentucky in 2010, making the elder Paul the first Representative in history to serve concurrently with a child of his in the Senate.[4]

Paul has been termed the "intellectual godfather" of the Tea Party movement.[5][6] He has become well-known for his libertarian ideas for many political issues, often differing from both Republican and Democratic Party stances. Paul has campaigned for President of the United States twice before, first during 1988 as the nominee of the Libertarian Party and again during 2008 as a candidate for the Republican nomination. On May 13, 2011, he announced formally that he would campaign again during 2012 for the Republican presidential nomination. On July 12, 2011, Paul announced that he would not seek another term in Congress in order to concentrate on his presidential bid.[7]

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Ron Paul's Timeline

August 20, 1935
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
February 1, 1957
Age 21
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

How did they meet?
Ron and Carol met in high school. "He was the Pennsylvania state champion in both the 220-yard and 440-yard races, and I truly feel fortunate that I was the one that finally caught him!" Carol says.

The Bride Carol Wells, 20
The Groom Ronald Paul, 21
Wedding Date February 1, 1957
Wedding Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Number of Guests About 300

How did he propose?
Ron proposed to Carol during the summertime following his junior year of college. The two were enjoying a picnic in the park when Ron asked Carol to marry him. Carol admits it wasn't a total surprise that he proposed, but she was astonished that she got a ring. "I assumed I would have to wait until after he graduated before we could afford a ring," she says.

What did they wear?
Carol wore a white Chantilly lace gown with a bouffant tulle skirt and a silk illusion veil attached to a half hat. Ron wore a black tux and a white tie. One interesting tidbit: Ron still wears the same size today as he did 50 years ago on his wedding day.

Did the wedding have a theme?
The couple married in the winter and exchanged vows at Carol's family church, Dormont Presbyterian Church, in Pittsburgh. The theme was decidedly winter white -- snow covered the ground outside; Carol held a cascade of white flowers; and Ron donned a white carnation boutonniere.

What was the wedding day like?
Following the traditional 7:30 p.m. wedding ceremony at the church, a reception was held in a large ballroom with a live band at The Dormont New Century Club. Ron and Carol had their first dance as newlyweds to their favorite song, Doris Day's "When I Fall in Love." Later, the two cut into a four-tiered cake decorated with a traditional bride and groom cake topper.

The honeymoon?
After Ron and Carol had made their getaway (their guests tossed rice), they immediately left on their honeymoon to Durham, North Carolina. The trip also doubled as a visit to Duke University, where Ron had been accepted to medical school and would eventually earn his medical degree.

-- The Knot

January 7, 1963
Age 27
Pittsburgh, Allegheny, PA, USA