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  Perot, H. Ross
NameH. Ross Perot
Dallas, Texas , United States
Born June 27, 1930 (86 years)
ContributorClassical Liberal
Last ModifedRBH
Sep 29, 2016 03:29am
Tags Caucasian - Moderate-to-Liberal - Anti Marijuana Legalization - Anti-Affirmative Action - Government Reform - Jobs/Industrial Growth - Pro-Choice - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Labor - Protectionist - Married - U.S. Army - Straight -
Info(Henry Ross Perot)
After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy (1953) and serving his required tour of duty, he resigned his commission to become a salesperson for Inernational Business Machines Corp. Understanding that future sales in the computing would be for services and software to run computers rather than the computers themselves, Perot went to work for himself, establishing Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in Dallas (1962). The company made Perot a multimillionaire, then a billionaire when he took the company public in 1968. EDS was purchased by General Motors in 1984, and Perot won a seat on the GM board, but by 1986 his conflicts with GM management led him to resign the seat. He started Perot Systems in 1988. As his wealth grew, so did his desire to be of service to his country. He began a crusade to lobby for the release of American POWs in Vietnam in 1969, then in 1978 financed and arranged for a commando raid to rescue two EDS employees from and Iranian jail. The adventure was memorialized in the novel and film On Wings of Eagles (1986). He mounted two unsuccessful presidential bids as an independent, first in 1992 then in 1996, but he lost credibility with his considerable support base when he withdrew from the '92 race in July, then re-entered in October. He garnered 19% of the popular vote in '92, and 8% in '96, testimony to voters' disillusionment with the traditional two-party system.


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Feb 03, 2012 12:00pm Analysis The Man Who Supposedly Cost George H.W. Bush the Presidency  Article Brandonius Maximus 
Jun 15, 2008 05:00pm News Perot Launches New Web Site Warning About Fiscal Irresponsibility  Article RBH 
Nov 14, 2006 02:00pm News Ross Perot's company is now hiring, in Mexico  Article Thomas Walker 

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Wife Margot Birmingham Perot 00, 1956-
Daughter Nancy Perot Mulford 0000-
Daughter Suzanne Perot McGee 0000-
Daughter Carolyn Perot Rathjen 0000-
Daughter Katherine Perot Flanagan 0000-
Son Ross Perot, Jr. 1958-

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  11/05/1996 US President - Popular Vote Lost 8.40% (-40.84%)
  08/18/1996 US President - Reform Convention Won 63.00% (+26.00%)
  08/18/1996 US President - REF Mail Ballot Primary Won 65.25% (+30.50%)
  03/26/1996 US President - REF Primaries Lost 7.03% (-63.87%)
  03/26/1996 US President - LBT Primaries Lost 0.01% (-51.38%)
  02/20/1996 NH US Vice President - R Primary Lost 0.43% (-25.37%)
  02/20/1996 NH US Vice President - D Primary Lost 0.13% (-90.89%)
  12/14/1992 US President Lost 0.00% (-68.77%)
  11/03/1992 US President - Popular Vote Lost 18.90% (-24.13%)
  09/10/1992 CT US President - ACP Nomination Lost 4.30% (-42.47%)
  07/01/1992 US President - R Primaries Lost 0.44% (-72.39%)
  07/01/1992 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.27% (-51.71%)
  06/09/1992 ND US President - D Primary Won 29.02% (+7.66%)
  06/06/2000 US President - REF Primaries Lost 0.00% (-33.39%)
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