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Carol and Ron Paul Marriage Profile

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Ron and Carol Paul

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and wife Carol Paul arrive at the Premiere Of Universal Pictures' 'Couples Retreat' held at Mann's Village Theatre on October 5, 2009 in Westwood, California.

Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images
In February 2007, Ron and Carolyn Paul celebrated 50 years of marriage with their large family. Here is information on how Ron and Carol met, their wedding, their children, and more.

News Updates:

5/13/2011: Ron Paul announced his candidacy for President of the U.S.

Born:

Ronald Ernest Paul: August 20, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Carolyn Wells: February 29, 1936. Her hometown is Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

How Ron and Carol Met:

Carol and Ron met in high school. In 1952, they had their first date when Carol asked Ron to be her escort to her 16th birthday party which was a Sadie Hawkins style party.
Carol: "I came into the picture about 1952 when Ron was my escort to my 16th birthday party. Don't tell anyone –- but I asked him... actually my birthday is February 29th and it was a Sadie Hawkins-type party where the girls asked the boys... and I asked him."
Carol Paul. "The Ron Paul I Know." LewRockwell.com. 12/14/2007.

Ron proposed marriage to Carol in the summer of 1956 while they were having a picnic in a park.

Wedding Date and Information:

During Ron's senior year, he and Carol were married on February 1, 1957 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania at Dormont Presbyterian Church. They had about 300 guests at their evening wedding.

The wedding reception was held at The Dormont New Century Club. They had a four-tiered traditional style wedding cake.

Their first dance as a married couple was to Doris Day's "When I Fall in Love." Ron was 21 years old and Carol was 20 years old. Carol and Ron Wedding Photos

Carol: "We married in an all white wedding with the bridesmaids carrying armloads of red roses. The flower girl wore a white dress and sprinkled rose petals down the aisle. A fraternity brother of Ron's sang "The Wedding Prayer" and the "Lord's Prayer."
Carol Paul. "The Ron Paul I Know." LewRockwell.com. 12/14/2007.
"Carol wore a white Chantilly lace gown with a bouffant tulle skirt and a silk illusion veil attached to a half hat. Ron wore a black tux and a white tie ... Carol held a cascade of white flowers; and Ron donned a white carnation boutonniere."
Source: BridesDecide.com

Honeymoon:

Carol and Ron spent their honeymoon in Durham, North Carolina.

Children:

Carolyn and Ron have five children, eighteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
  • Ronald Paul Jr: Married to Peggy. They have three daughters.
  • Lori Paul Pyeatt: Married to Tom Pyeatt.
  • Randall "Rand" Paul: Rand is an ophthalmologist and U.S. Senator in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He is married to Kelley. They have three sons.
  • Robert Paul: Robert is family practice physician. He is married to Monica. They have two children.
  • Joy Paul-LeBlanc: Joy is an obstetrician and gynecologist. She is married to Andy. They have five children.
  • More about Ron and Carol's family

Residence:

Lake Jackson, Texas. In April 2011, Catalina Camia of USA Today reported that Carol and Ron put their home on the market since they built another home. "Ron Paul sells his Texas house through Facebook."

Occupations:

Ron: Congressman, doing daily one-minute radio commentaries called Ron Paul's America, obstetrician and gynecologist, author, flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s.

Carol: Through their years together, Carol has worked as a secretary, dance instructor, and other jobs to help the family finances.

Quotes About the Marriage of Ron and Carol Paul:

Tomas Alex Tizon: "The couple talks on the phone two to three times a day. She makes him chocolate chip cookies to take on the road. "I worry for him," she says. "He gets very tired."
Source: "Paul, Gravel: They're last but not least." LaTimes.com. 7-25-07.

Carol Paul about what she doesn't like about being on the campaign trail: "Living out of a suitcase without enough hours to sleep."
Source: "Carol Paul -- Running Together." Time.com. 9/2007.

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