Joseph McCarthy - U.S. Senator from Wisconsin; was born on November 14, 1908 in Grand Chute, Wisconsin.
Best known as the visible public face of a period in the United States in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread Communist subversion.
Ultimately, the smear tactics that McCarthy used led him to be censured by the U.S. 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 in reference to what are considered demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents.
McCarthy was Wisconsin's U.S. Senator between January 3, 1947 – May 2, 1957.
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U.S. Senator from Wisconsin.
Above: Sen. Joseph McCarthy chats with his attorney Roy Cohn during Senate Subcommittee hearings on the McCarthy-Army dispute in 1954.
Above: Joseph N. Welch (left) being questioned by Senator McCarthy, June 9, 1954.
Above: "Have you no sense of decency sir?" during Welch-McCarthy
Above: Senator Joe McCarthy at Suspected Communists Hearings.
Above: McCarthy talking on Face the Nation about the debate by the U.S. Senate to censure him.