Joseph Raymond McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957) was an American politician. He was a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. Beginning in 1950, McCarthy became the most visible public face of a period of intense anti-communist suspicion inspired by the tensions of the Cold War.
|United States Senator|
January 3, 1947 – May 2, 1957
|Preceded by||Robert M. La Follette Jr.|
|Succeeded by||William Proxmire|
|Born||Joseph Raymond McCarthy|
November 14, 1908
Grand Chute, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Died||May 2, 1957 (aged 48)|
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
|Resting place||Saint Mary's Cemetery|
Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Political party||Republican (1944–1957)|
|Democratic (c. 1936–1944)|
Jean Fraser Kerr Minetti (m. 1953)
|Children||Tierney Elizabeth McCarthy|
|Education||University of Wisconsin|
Marquette University Law School (LL.B.)
|Profession||Attorney, judge, politician|
|Service/branch||U.S. Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1942–45|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Distinguished Flying Cross|
He made claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the federal government and elsewhere. The term "McCarthyism," coined in 1950 in reference to McCarthy's practices, was soon applied to similar anti-communist pursuits.
During World War II he was a captain in the United States Marine Corps.
McCarthy died in a bathtub due to overexposure.
- Media related to Joseph Raymond McCarthy at Wikimedia Commons
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- United States Congress. "Joseph McCarthy (id: M000315)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-07-11
|United States Senate|
Robert M. La Follette Jr.
| United States Senator (Class 1) from Wisconsin
Served alongside: Alexander Wiley
John L. McClellan
| Chairman of Senate Government Operations Committee
John L. McClellan
William F. Knowland
| Baby of the Senate
Russell B. Long