Joseph McCarthy

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Joseph McCarthy
Joseph McCarthy.jpg
United States Senator
from Wisconsin
In office
January 3, 1947 – May 2, 1957
Preceded by Robert M. La Follette Jr.
Succeeded by William Proxmire
Personal details
Born Joseph Raymond McCarthy
(1908-11-14)November 14, 1908
Grand Chute, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died May 2, 1957(1957-05-02) (aged 48)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Resting place Saint Mary's Cemetery
Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political party Republican (1944–1957)
Other political
Democratic (c. 1936–1944)
Spouse(s) Jean Fraser Kerr Minetti (m. 1953)
Children Tierney Elizabeth McCarthy
Education University of Wisconsin
Marquette University Law School (LL.B.)
Profession Attorney, judge, politician
Military service
Nickname(s) Tail-Gunner Joe
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  U.S. Marine Corps
Years of service 1942–45
Rank US Marine O3 shoulderboard.svg Captain
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Distinguished Flying Cross

Joseph Raymond McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957) was an American politician who served as 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.

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 of hepatitis.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Robert M. La Follette Jr.
United States Senator (Class 1) from Wisconsin
Served alongside: Alexander Wiley
Succeeded by
William Proxmire
Preceded by
John L. McClellan
Chairman of Senate Government Operations Committee
Succeeded by
John L. McClellan
Honorary titles
Preceded by
William F. Knowland
Baby of the Senate
Succeeded by
Russell B. Long