Senator Joseph McCarthy

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Birthday
14, 1908
Birthplace
Grand Chute, WI
Death Date
May 2, 1957 (48)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
14, 1908
Birthplace
Grand Chute, WI
Death Date
May 2, 1957 (48)

About

Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin who took advantage of Cold War tensions to bring about Communist witch hunts, which destroyed many people's lives. He first rose to fame in after an infamous 1950 speech in which he claimed to have a list of members of the Communist Party who were working in the State Department.

Before Fame

He left middle school briefly at age fourteen to assist his family's farm.

Trivia

After the activities of his House of Un-American Activities lost popularity the Senate voted to censure him.

Family Life

He married a researcher, Jean Kerr, in 1953; the couple adopted a daughter together.

Associated With

He made several accusations of Communist infiltration into the government of Harry S. Truman.