Who is the sixth most admired man in America?
Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is an American author, and retired neurosurgeon. He is the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head. In 2008 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. After delivering a widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, he became a popular conservativefigure in political media for his views on social and political issues. He is actively considering declaring his candidacy as a Republican for the 2016 presidential election.
Carson was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Sonya (née Copeland) and Robert Solomon Carson, a Seventh-day Adventist Minister. Both of his parents came from rural Georgia. A DNA test on the television series African American Lives stated that he is of 80% African and 20% European ancestry. When he was 8 years old, his parents divorced, and he and his 10-year-old brother, Curtis, were raised by their mother.
In his book Gifted Hands Carson relates that in his youth, he had a violent temper. Once, while in the ninth grade, he nearly stabbed a friend during a fight over a radio station, instead breaking the knife blade. After this incedent, he began reading the Book of Proverbs, applying verses on anger to himself. “And, I’ve never had another problem with temper since that day.”
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