Joseph McCarthy

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Person.png Joseph McCarthy   Powerbase SpartacusRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(Lawyer, Judge, Politician)
Joseph McCarthy.jpg
BornJoseph Raymond McCarthy
Grand Chute, Wisconsin
Died1957-05-02 (Age 48)
Bethesda, Maryland
Cause of death
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin, Marquette University Law School
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Parents • Timothy McCarthy
• Bridget Tierney
ChildrenTierney Elizabeth McCarthy
SpouseJean Fraser Kerr Minetti

Employment.png United States Senator from Wisconsin

In office
January 3, 1947 - May 2, 1957


Full article: McCarthyism

After the "anti-communist" inquiries which he lead, his name has become a byword for mean-spirited, superficial persecution.[1]


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Tombstone of Joseph McCarthy with the Fox River in the background

McCarthy died in Bethesda Naval Hospital on May 2, 1957, at the age of 48. His death certificate listed the cause of death as "Hepatitis, acute, cause unknown"; doctors had not previously reported him to be in critical condition. It was hinted in the press that he died of alcoholism, which is now widely suspected.

McCarthy had a state funeral attended by 70 senators. Pontifical Mass was said before more than 100 priests and 2,000 others at Washington's St. Matthew's Cathedral.

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