Goldwater, Barry

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Goldwater, Barry Gender: M
Barry Morris Goldwater
born on 2 January 1909 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Phoenix, Arizona, 33n27, 112w04
Timezone MST h7w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating DD
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 11°24' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 21°46 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 11°23'

Barry Goldwater


American politician, a U.S. Senator from Arizona in 1952 and conservative candidate for president against L.B. Johnson in 1964. Prior to politics, he was formerly a Colonel in the USAF. A pilot in WW II , he ferried C-47 cargo planes over the hump between India and China.

His father was Baron Goldwater, the son of Michael Goldwasser, a Polish-Jewish immigrant, who fled Poland at age 14 in order to avoid conscription into the Russian army. Once in American, the family name was changed. Grandfather Goldwater eventually settled in Arizona with a successful mercantile business after peddling wares to the miners of the California gold fields. Baron Goldwater built the family store into the fashion center of the territory. The eldest of three children, Barry grew up developing a life-long interest in the Native Americans of the Southwest. He said the Navajos gave him the nickname ChaLee, meaning "curly hair." Goldwater credited his love of the wide open spaces and his Episcopalian faith to his mother, Josephine Williams Goldwater, a Nebraskan who was territorial Arizona's first registered nurse. His uncle Morris helped found the Democratic party in Arizona and taught him that "limited government was the secret of keeping freedom." Goldwater attended Staunton Military Academy and considered West Point, but entered the University of Arizona. He was active in sports and his grades were mediocre. He went into the family business in 1929 upon the death of his father.

He entered politics in 1949, winning a Phoenix City Council seat. Three years later he was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served five terms, a total of 30 years of service. Goldwater became noted through his years of public service as the true pioneer of the conservative political Right. His bid for the Presidency in 1964 brought his straight, "shoot from the hip" rhetoric and conservative ideas before the American public. His opponent, Lyndon Johnson, riding on the passion of a recently slain and popular President Kennedy, used this against him in TV ads. He pictured the famous ad of a little girl plucking petals from a flower, then the mushroom cloud, an idea attributed to journalist Bill Moyers, who then worked for Lyndon Johnson. Goldwater lost overwhelmingly, carrying only his home state of Arizona, becoming one of the most influential losers in American history. It was also during this campaign that actor Ronald Reagan made a stirring TV speech on Goldwater's behalf which later catapulted Reagan into politics and American history. A fellow senator later described Goldwater as "…Ronald Reagan's John the Baptist."

Goldwater's silver hair and rugged features presented an image of the confident frontiersman of the Old West. He relished his reputation as a profane, whiskey-drinking, devil-may-care WW II flier and, with his gravely voice, knew how to communicate with people in the street. Before President Nixon's impending resignation, Goldwater was called upon by White House chief of staff, Alexander M. Haig, Jr., to inquire what the Senate would do if there should be an impeachment trial. Goldwater told him, "The president would be lucky if he got 12 votes," and that he would not defend the president. In his later years Goldwater startled people with his favorable statements about Democratic politicians. He stated that he most admired President Truman and considered Senator Hubert Humphrey a man he liked as a friend and a politician. He encountered the wrath of evangelist Rev. Jerry Falwell when he supported abortion rights, and opposed them on school prayer and busing. When news reports circulated in the 1980s about a political figure who had "shacked up with some girl, Goldwater said: "Well, if they're gonna apply that criterion, there'd be no politicians left." He later defended the right of gays to serve in the military.

Goldwater married Peggy Johnson of Muncie, Indiana in 1934. Peggy Goldwater founded the Arizona chapter of Planned Parenthood. They had two sons and two daughters: Barry Goldwater Jr., a former California Republican congressman who became a Phoenix investment counselor; construction executive Michael Goldwater; and businesswoman Joanne Goldwater and Peggy Goldwater Clay. There are ten grandchildren. Peggy Goldwater died on 11 December 1985. His family was often left alone at their home, Be-Nun-I-Kin, which means "house on the top of the hill" in Navaho, while Goldwater attended to the family business and, later, a life in politics. Shortly after his 83rd birthday Goldwater married hospice nurse and health care executive Susan Shaffer Wechsler, more than three decades his junior. Goldwater's lifelong interests included flying, ham radio and old cars.

Goldwater successfully underwent triple bypass heart surgery in 1982. He suffered a stroke in 1996 that damaged the frontal lobe of his brain. Biographer Jack Casserly stated that Goldwater suffered from Alzheimer's disease toward the end. Goldwater died shortly after 7 a.m. on 29 May 1998 as he wished, at Be-Nun-I-Kin, in his own bed, in his own room, overlooking the valley he loved with family at his side.

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  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Schulz, William R. (born 4 April 1931). Notes: Politics
  • spouse relationship with Goldwater, Peggy (born 8 July 1909). Notes: Married 1934-1985


  • Work : New Job 1929 (Family business after father's death)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1934 (First wife, Peggy Johnson)
  • Work : New Career 1949 (Won seat on Phoenix City Council)
  • Work : New Job 1952 (Arizona Senator)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1964 (Presidential candidate)
  • Health : Medical procedure 1982 (Triple bypass heart surgery)
  • Health : Acute illness 1986 (Stroke, damaged brain)
  • Relationship : Marriage 9 February 1992 in Paradise Valley (Second wife, Susan Wechsler)
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  • Death, Cause unspecified 29 May 1998 at 07:10 AM in Paradise Valley (Age 89)
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Source Notes

Wayne Turner sends the following news clipping, (8/2002) a birth notice from the Arizona Gazette, Saturday evening, January 2, 1909, that a correspondent sent to him:

"A New Barry Goldwater. The clerks of M. Goldwater & Bro. in Phoenix today are stepping around with an unusual appreciation of doing their duty for they have a new "boss" that insists upon attention to his every want and will not take no for an answer. At 3 o'clock this morning, a beautiful nine-pound baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Barry Goldwater at their home on north Center Street. It was perhaps late for the little stranger to wish his parents a "Happy New Year" but the many friends of Barry are making up for it today by congratulating him and sending their best wishes to Mrs. Goldwater, who is getting along very well. The latest Barry is the only youthful representative of the Goldwater Brothers, who have been merchants in Arizona since the time it was necessary to fight off Indians with one hand while customers were waited upon with the other. "

"His parents wedding anniversary was January 1st, so I think this influenced their decision to celebrate his birthday on that date. This information was confirmed by the Senator in an interview in the "Arizona Republic" in January 1987, according to Richard Nolle. For astrological purposes it seems that 3 AM the morning of the 2nd is the time to use, though of course the family is free to continue their own traditions."

Frances McEvoy responds, "I knew Barry when I was a child. Phoenix was a small town in those days, and he knew my parents and grandparents. He was a heroic figure and I always admired him greatly. When in my 20's in Boston I was working in the public relations dept at Boston University he spoke to the student body. I think it was in 1953 or 1954. I sat opposite him at lunch and we talked about Phoenix and Arizona, etc. Anyway, I do feel that the new time fits him better than the earlier time. But my first job in 1946 was with the Phoenix Gazette and I know that the presses started rolling very early in the morning for the afternoon paper. The stories for Jan 2 would have been written the night before on Jan. 1. I do think he was really born Jan 1 early in the morning and the story found written that afternoon or evening and then the paper went to press first think the next day, Jan. 2. But I think the new time is obviously correct. What do you think? If he was born early on Jan 2, I don't see how the story would have made the paper and hit the streets by early afternoon Jan 2. Anyway, that is my thought. And knowing Barry, I don't think he would have been mistaken about being born Jan. 1."

(Formerly, the date has always been given as January 1, 1909. American Astrology 5/1965 printed a letter from him to Nadine Bullard in which he quotes his aged mom's recollection as 1:00 AM.

Robert Jansky quoted a letter from him in 1979 in which he states that his t.o.b. is unknown.

Church of Light quoted Drew for 6:25 AM, "approximate time given by a student and considered right."

Robert Jansky quoted a spec chart in American Astrology 7/1964 of 1:02 AM.

King Keyes quoted the First Temple of Astrology where they quoted Mrs. Goldwater for 00:01 AM, which could possibly by a typo for 1:00 AM.

Richard Nolle quoted the Arizona Republic on 1/18/1987, p.59 for "Goldwater, His Life and Legacy," as giving January 2, 1909, 3:00 AM MST, Phoenix.

January 1, 1909 is given in Who's Who, Biographical Dictionary of the American Congress and by Goldwater himself.

In February 2019 Sy Scholfield provided news report from Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona), 3 Jan 1909, p. 8: "THE ELDEST SON--Mr. and Mrs. Barry Goldwater yesterday welcomed to their fireside their eldest son and heir, a nine-pound boy, who promises to add luster to a family name already distinguished in the annals of Arizona."


  • Traits : Body : Hair (Silver and curly)
  • Traits : Body : Voice/Speech (Gravely)
  • Traits : Personality : Articulate
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Alzheimer's/ Senility (Towards the end of life)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (Damaged frontal lobe of brain)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Brain (Frontal lobe damaged by stroke)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Triple heart bypass)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of three)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (First marriage, 51 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Second wife 30 years younger)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (First wife died)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Son)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (30 years as Senator)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Stressful work
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Flying, ham radio, old cars)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Western (Episcopalian (Christian))
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Family business)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Colonel in Air Force)
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (U.S. Senator, Phoenix City Council)
  • Vocation : Travel : Pilot/ military (Flew C-47's in WW II)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book