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Eugene McCarthy Facts
Anti-war senator from Minnesota who sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1968.
He spent nine months at a monastery as a novice and became deeply influenced by the monks.
His 1968 presidential platform was based on his anti-war stance for Vietnam and also around that time he published a collection of poetry entitled Cool Reflections: Poetry For The Who, What, When, Where and Especially Why of It All.
He seperated from his wife of 24 years in 1969 and began a long-term affair with journalist, Marya McLaughlin.