Declared 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

Businessman, television personality and author

Donald John Trump
Born: June 14th, 1946  (age 70)

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Donald Trump Education & Schooling

Mr. Trump was enrolled as a preschooler in the private Kew Forest School in Forest Hills, New York, where his father, Fred, served on the Board of Trustees. He stayed there until 1959, when his hyperactive and aggressive personality forced his parents to enroll him for eighth grade at the New York Military Academy (NYMA) in Hudson Valley in an attempt to provide him with a more structured and disciplined development.

The decision proved to be a masterstroke as Mr. Trump flourished in the private boarding school’s regimented environment, both academically and in sports. In his book, Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success
, biographer Michael D’Antonio wrote:

“But Trump had also insisted that he had actually known military life. In a separate conversation he said, “I always thought I was in the military.” He said that in prep school he received more military training than most actual soldiers did, and he had been required to live under the command of men such as Ted Dobias who had been real officers and soldiers. “I felt like I was in the military in a true sense,” added Trump, “because I dealt with the people.”

Ironically though, in 2015, NYMA was bought by the Research Center on Natural Conservation for $15.8 million at a bankruptcy auction. The non-profit Research Center on Natural Conservation is owned by Chinese citizen Vincent Mo Tianquan, a Beijing-based real estate tycoon.

Mr. Trump was well-regarded at NYMA. In a 2015 interview, his former classmate, George Beuttell, said “Nobody ever spoke badly about him then, and he was liked." Another school mate said that Mr. Trump could have played baseball professionally. In his senior year, the good-looking Donald was voted “Ladies Man” by his peers.

Mr. Trump graduated from NYMA in 1964 and promptly went to Fordham University in the Bronx before transferring to University of Pennsylvania’s famed Wharton School of Business (known at the time as Wharton School of Finance and Commerce) two years later. Mr. Trump’s time at Wharton wasn’t particularly memorable as he was already spending a lot of time on his embryonic real estate business, but he still stood out to a few fellow students. Classmate Ted Sachs said that Mr. Trump “had a magnetism about himself. He knew where he was going” and “he knew something at that age that I didn’t.”

Mr. Trump graduated from Wharton in 1968 with an undergraduate degree in Economics (majoring in real estate). Not long after that, he joined his father’s real estate firm in Brooklyn.

Mr. Trump has been asked several times about how he avoided the draft and his five deferments. He has explained that it was through a combination of factors, including, a high draft lottery number (356 out of 366) and a medical deferment (heel spurs on both feet).

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