30 Facts About Ben Carson

1. Ben Carson endorsed Seventh-day Adventist theology, which includes belief in a literal reading of the first chapters of Genesis.

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2. Ben Carson went on to say, "I hope by that time I'm not around anymore.

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3. Ben Carson has served as a local elder and Sabbath School teacher in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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4. On March 11, 2016, a week after Ben Carson ended his presidential campaign, he endorsed Trump, calling him part of "the voice of the people to be heard.

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5. Ben Carson advocated capturing a "big energy field" outside of Anbar, Iraq, which he said could be accomplished "fairly easily".

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6. The New York Times reported in 2015, "Ben Carson has acknowledged being something of a novice on foreign affairs".

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7. About the speech, Ben Carson said: "I don't think it was particularly political.

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8. Ben Carson was the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 7, 2013.

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9. Ben Carson was Chairman of the Baltimore-based biotechnology company Vaccinogen from August 2014 until the announcement of his US presidential bid in May 2015.

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10. Ben Carson resigned from Costco's board in mid-2015, after serving on it for more than 16 years.

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11. In July 2013, Ben Carson was hired by The Washington Times as a weekly opinion columnist.

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12. Ben Carson delivered the keynote address at a Mannatech distributor convention in 2011, during which he said the company had donated funds to help him obtain a coveted endowed chair post at Johns Hopkins Medicine: ".

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13. In March 2013, Ben Carson announced he would retire as a surgeon, saying he would "much rather quit when I'm at the top of my game.

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14. Ben Carson participated in four subsequent high-risk conjoined twin separations, including a 1997 operation on craniopagus Zambian twins, Joseph and Luka Banda, which resulted in a normal neurological outcome.

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15. Ben Carson was then accepted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine neurosurgery program, where he served one year as a surgical intern and five years as a neurosurgery resident, completing the final year as chief resident in 1983.

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16. Ben Carson said the professor awarded him $10, and that a photographer for the Yale Daily News was present to take his picture, which appeared in the student newspaper with a story about the experiment.

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17. Ben Carson said the University of Michigan had offered him a scholarship.

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18. Ben Carson said he would have readily accepted his responsibility to fight had he been drafted, but he "identified strongly with the antiwar protesters and the revolutionaries" and enthusiastically voted for antiwar Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern in 1972.

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19. Ben Carson was accepted by Yale and offered a full scholarship covering tuition, room and board.

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20. Ben Carson says he narrowed his college choices to Harvard or Yale, but could afford the $10 application fee to apply to only one of them.

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21. Ben Carson wanted to attend college farther away than his brother who was at the University of Michigan.

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22. Ben Carson attended the predominantly black Southwestern High School for ninth through 12th grades, graduating third in his class academically.

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23. Ben Carson attended the predominantly black Hunter Junior High School for the second half of eighth grade.

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24. In 1965, when Ben Carson was 13, he moved with his mother and brother back to their house on Deacon Street.

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25. Ben Carson attended the predominantly white Higgins Elementary School for fifth and sixth grades and the predominantly white Wilson Junior High School for seventh and the first half of eighth grade.

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26. In 1959, when Ben Carson was eight, his parents separated and he moved with mother and brother to live for two years with his mother's Seventh-day Adventist older sister and her sister's husband in multi-family dwellings in the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston.

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27. In 1950, Ben Carson's parents purchased a new 733-square foot single-family detached home on Deacon Street in the Boynton neighborhood in southwest Detroit.

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28. Ben Carson became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33.

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29. Ben Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013.

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30. Ben Carson was the subject of a television drama film in 2009.

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