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Joseph McCarthy

Born: Nov 14, 1908

Death: May 2, 1957

Birthplace: Grand Chute

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Joseph McCarthy

Date of Birth : Nov 14, 1908
Date of Death : May 2, 1957
Birth Place : Grand Chute

Joseph Raymond "Joe" McCarthy 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 in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion. He was noted for making claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the United States federal government and elsewhere. Ultimately, his tactics and inability to substantiate his claims led him to be censured by the United States Senate. The term McCarthyism, coined in 1950 in reference to McCarthy's practices, was soon applied to similar anti-communist activities. Today the term is used more generally in reference to demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents. McCarthy was born in 1908 in Grand Chute Township Wisconsin, and attended Marquette University, eventually earning an LL.B. degree from Marquette University Law School. At age 33, McCarthy volunteered for the United States Marine Corps and served during World War II.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Judge

Also known as

  • The Pepsi Cola Kid
  • Low-Blow Joe
  • Joseph Raymond McCarthy
  • Senator Joseph R. McCarthy
  • Tail-Gunner Joe
  • Tailgunner Joe
  • Joe McCarthy
  • Joe


  • Bridget Tierney
  • Timothy McCarthy


  • Jean Kerr


  • Tierney Elizabeth McCarthy
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