Ross Perot Grew Up Training Horses

March 26, 2012 by staff 

Ross Perot Grew Up Training Horses, Ross Perot (EDS & Perot Systems) Trained Horses, Ross Perot, founder of Electronic Data Systems (sold to GM) and Perot Systems (sold to Dell) and who also ran for President of the U.S. in 1992 and 1996, started breaking horses (the process used by humans to get horses to let themselves be ridden) at the age of 6 for his father who was a horse trader. He still has a scar on his nose from the falls he took ridding the horses. He later enlisted in the Navy and became the president of a battalion in 1953.

Henry Ross Perot (born June 27, 1930) is a U.S. businessman best known for running for President of the United States in 1992 and 1996. Perot founded Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in 1962, sold the company to General Motors in 1984, and founded Perot Systems in 1988. Perot Systems was bought by Dell for $3.9 billion in 2009.

With an estimated net worth of about US$3.4 billion in 2011, he is ranked by Forbes as the 99th-richest person in the United States.

Perot was born in Texarkana, Texas, to Luly Maye Perot (née Ray) and Gabriel Ross Perot. His father was a cotton broker. He attended a private school called Patty Hill. He graduated from Texas High School in Texarkana in 1947. One of Perot’s boyhood friends was Hayes McClerkin, later Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives and a prominent Texarkana, Arkansas, lawyer.

Perot joined the Boy Scouts of America and made Eagle Scout in 1942, after only thirteen months in the program. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.

Perot entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949 and helped establish its honor system. Perot said his appoinment notice to the academy – sent by telegram – was sent by W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel, Texas’ 34th governor and former senator. By the time Perot graduated in 1953 he was president of his class and battalion commander. By late 1954, Perot was made a lieutenant, junior grade. In 1955, however, Perot expressed some discontent with his life in the U.S. Navy in a letter to his father. He quietly served the remainder of his four-year commitment and resigned his commission.. Perot married Margot Birmingham of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in 1956.

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