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Ben Carson

Presidential Candidate, Republican Party

Last Edit: December 14, 2015

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1951

Benjamin Solomon Carson born in Detroit to parents Robert & Sonya; he has an older brother, Curtis.
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1951

Ben is baptized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. His mother Sonya is a devout believer.
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1959

Sonya divorces bigamist Robert; she will have to raise her kids in mostly impoverished conditions.
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c.1959

Poor finances force Sonya & kids to move to a tenement in Boston to live with Ben's aunt & uncle.
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c.1959

Living in the poor Boston area of Roxbury, Ben attends private Berea Seventh-day Adventist Academy.
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c.1961

Sonya makes enough money to move herself and the kids back to Detroit.
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1961

A bad student, Ben is often called "Dummy" by other kids at public Higgins Elementary School.
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1963

Ben asks for and receives a second Seventh-day Adventist baptism to better understand his faith.
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c.1965

At age 14, as described in his later recollections, Ben attempts to stab a friend in an argument.

c.1968

Joins the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps; Ben would go on to attain rank of cadet colonel.

1969

Ben graduates with honors from public Southwestern High School in inner-city Detroit.

1969

Ben becomes an undergraduate at Yale University on a 90% scholarship.
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1969-1970

At age 18, Ben, though a "rabid Democrat," carefully avoids Yale's protest & counterculture scenes.
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1972

At age 21, Ben votes for Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern.

1973

Ben graduates from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

1973

Ben is admitted into the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

1975

Ben marries Lacena "Candy" Rustin, a violin-playing triple-major who also graduated from Yale.

1977

Ben earns his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan.

1977

Dr. Carson enters residency program in general surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
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c.1981

At about age 30, inspired by Ronald Reagan, Ben's political views begin shifting to the right.

1982

Dr. Carson becomes chief resident in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.

1983

Dr. Carson moves to Perth, Australia to work as a neurosurgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

9/12/1983

Ben becomes a father for first time when Candy gives birth to Murray while they are in Australia.

1984

Dr. Carson returns to Johns Hopkins, as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery & neurosurgery professor.

1985

Dr. Carson successfully preforms the high-risk hemispherectomy of 4-year-old Maranda Francisco.

1985

Ben becomes a father for the second time when Candy gives birth to Ben Jr., nicknamed Sol.

1986

Ben becomes a father for the third time when Candy gives birth to Rhoeyce.

9/4/1987

Dr. Carson leads neurosurgery team of 70 in separating 7-month-old craniopagus twins, the Binders.

1992

Autobiography Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story published; will later be used in school curricula.
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1994

Ben establishes Carson Scholars Fund to recognize & reward young academic, humanitarian achievers.

1995

Dr. Carson is inducted into the Academy of Achievement.
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c.1999

According to Ben, he changed his voter registration from Republican to Independent because of the Clinton impeachment hearings.
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2000

Dr. Carson receives the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged.

2000

Dr. Carson is selected for the Library of Congress' “89 Living Legends” for its bicentennial celebrations.

2001

Dr. Carson is selected by CNN and Time as one of the nation's Top 20 physicians and scientists.

2002

Ben finds out he has prostate cancer; he has surgery and it goes into remission.
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2004

Carson begins publicly claiming that Mannatech glyconutrient supplements cured his cancer.

2005

Ben is awarded the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

2006

Ben is awarded the Spingarn Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

2008

Ben is awarded the Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal.

2008

Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. government.
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2008

Ben is portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in TNT's TV movie version of Gifted Hands.

2012

Ben's 1st political book launched: America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great.
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2/7/2013

In National Prayer Breakfast keynote, Carson pans tax & health policies of President Obama, a guest.

7/1/2013

Dr. Carson retires from neurosurgery on the day he marks the 36th year of his medical career.
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7/24/2013

Ben registers as a member of minor political party, the Independence Party of Florida.
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10/9/2013

Carson débuts as a Fox News contributor, providing analysis and commentary on The Kelly File.

5/20/2014

Ben launches his 2nd political book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future.
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11/4/2014

Ben changes his political party affiliation to the Republican Party.

5/4/2015

In Detroit, Carson formally announces his run for the Republican presidential nomination.
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10/6/2015

Launches A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties.
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10/2015

In a televised Republican debate, Carson denies supporting Mannatech's discredited products.
1950s

1951

Benjamin Solomon Carson born in Detroit to parents Robert & Sonya; he has an older brother, Curtis.

#1

1951

Ben is baptized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. His mother Sonya is a devout believer.

#2

1959

Sonya divorces bigamist Robert; she will have to raise her kids in mostly impoverished conditions.

#3

c.1959

Poor finances force Sonya & kids to move to a tenement in Boston to live with Ben's aunt & uncle.

#4

c.1959

Living in the poor Boston area of Roxbury, Ben attends private Berea Seventh-day Adventist Academy.

#5
1960s

c.1961

Sonya makes enough money to move herself and the kids back to Detroit.

#6

1961

A bad student, Ben is often called "Dummy" by other kids at public Higgins Elementary School.

#7

1963

Ben asks for and receives a second Seventh-day Adventist baptism to better understand his faith.

#8

c.1965

At age 14, as described in his later recollections, Ben attempts to stab a friend in an argument.

#9

c.1968

Joins the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps; Ben would go on to attain rank of cadet colonel.

#10

1969

Ben graduates with honors from public Southwestern High School in inner-city Detroit.

#11

1969

Ben becomes an undergraduate at Yale University on a 90% scholarship.

#12
1970s

1969-1970

At age 18, Ben, though a "rabid Democrat," carefully avoids Yale's protest & counterculture scenes.

#13

1972

At age 21, Ben votes for Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern.

#14

1973

Ben graduates from Yale with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

#15

1973

Ben is admitted into the University of Michigan School of Medicine.

#16

1975

Ben marries Lacena "Candy" Rustin, a violin-playing triple-major who also graduated from Yale.

#17

1977

Ben earns his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Michigan.

#18

1977

Dr. Carson enters residency program in general surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

#19
1980s

c.1981

At about age 30, inspired by Ronald Reagan, Ben's political views begin shifting to the right.

#20

1982

Dr. Carson becomes chief resident in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.

#21

1983

Dr. Carson moves to Perth, Australia to work as a neurosurgeon at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

#22

9/12/1983

Ben becomes a father for first time when Candy gives birth to Murray while they are in Australia.

#23

1984

Dr. Carson returns to Johns Hopkins, as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery & neurosurgery professor.

#24

1985

Dr. Carson successfully preforms the high-risk hemispherectomy of 4-year-old Maranda Francisco.

#25

1985

Ben becomes a father for the second time when Candy gives birth to Ben Jr., nicknamed Sol.

#26

1986

Ben becomes a father for the third time when Candy gives birth to Rhoeyce.

#27

9/4/1987

Dr. Carson leads neurosurgery team of 70 in separating 7-month-old craniopagus twins, the Binders.

#28
1990s

1992

Autobiography Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story published; will later be used in school curricula.

#29

1994

Ben establishes Carson Scholars Fund to recognize & reward young academic, humanitarian achievers.

#30

1995

Dr. Carson is inducted into the Academy of Achievement.

#31

c.1999

According to Ben, he changed his voter registration from Republican to Independent because of the Clinton impeachment hearings.

2000s

2000

Dr. Carson receives the Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged.

#32

2000

Dr. Carson is selected for the Library of Congress' “89 Living Legends” for its bicentennial celebrations.

#33

2001

Dr. Carson is selected by CNN and Time as one of the nation's Top 20 physicians and scientists.

#34

2002

Ben finds out he has prostate cancer; he has surgery and it goes into remission.

#35

2004

Carson begins publicly claiming that Mannatech glyconutrient supplements cured his cancer.

#36

2005

Ben is awarded the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

#37

2006

Ben is awarded the Spingarn Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

#38

2008

Ben is awarded the Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal.

#39

2008

Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. government.

#40

2008

Ben is portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in TNT's TV movie version of Gifted Hands.

#41
2010s

2012

Ben's 1st political book launched: America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great.

#42

2/7/2013

In National Prayer Breakfast keynote, Carson pans tax & health policies of President Obama, a guest.

#43

7/1/2013

Dr. Carson retires from neurosurgery on the day he marks the 36th year of his medical career.

#44

7/24/2013

Ben registers as a member of minor political party, the Independence Party of Florida.

#45

10/9/2013

Carson débuts as a Fox News contributor, providing analysis and commentary on The Kelly File.

#46

5/20/2014

Ben launches his 2nd political book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future.

#47

11/4/2014

Ben changes his political party affiliation to the Republican Party.

#48

5/4/2015

In Detroit, Carson formally announces his run for the Republican presidential nomination.

#49

10/6/2015

Launches A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties.

#50

10/2015

In a televised Republican debate, Carson denies supporting Mannatech's discredited products.

#51
November 2015

November 2015

Fundraising by Carson's campaign and pro-Carson SuperPACs approaches the $40 million mark.

#52
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