Self-made billionaire and two-time presidential candidate, H. Ross Perot, has died at the age of 89. According to a family spokesperson, the cause of death was leukemia.
Perot elevated himself out of a childhood of poverty, having grown up during the Great Depression, delivering newspapers by pony in his youth. He then attended the U.S. Naval Academy and became a sales representative for IBM afterward. But Perot was, as most would say, destined to carve his own path.
In 1962, he founded Electronic Data Systems, a company that assisted companies with computer network management.
He established himself as a household name for his wartime efforts. In 1969, he planned an attempt to fly food and medicine to American POWs in Vietnam. In 1979, staged a private mission to Iran to free two of his employees, and thousands of political prisoners.
What Perot will be most remembered for, perhaps, is his famous runs for president in 1992 and 1996.
In the 1992 election, Perot faced off as the third party outsider against the incumbent, Republican George H.W. Bush, and Democrat Bill Clinton. Perot received 19 percent of the popular vote, and is who some Republicans say is the reason Bill Clinton won. This was the strongest result for a third-party candidate since Teddy Roosevelt, in 1912.
Perot passed away on Tuesday in the comfort of his own home, ending a five-month-long battle with leukemia. He was born in 1930 in Texarkana, Tex.
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