Five-term United States Senator from Arizona and the Republican Party’s nominee for President in the 1964 election, Goldwater was born on January 2, 1909 in Phoenix, in what was then the Arizona Territory, the son of Baron M. Goldwater and his wife, Hattie Josephine (“JoJo”) Williams.
His father’s Jewish 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.
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