Republican Senator Joseph Raymond McCarthy (1908-1957) grew up on a farm near Appleton, Wisconsin. He moved to Milwaukee in 1930 to attend Marquette University, where he studied engineering and law. A mediocre scholar, McCarthy was active in student government, debate, and men’s boxing. He graduated with a law degree in 1935. He worked a long list of jobs while a Marquette student, including dishwasher, pie baker, and gas station attendant. Throughout his political career, McCarthy relied upon influential Milwaukee Republicans to bolster his political base. After losing a Senate bid in 1944, McCarthy carried Milwaukee in a successful 1946 campaign, the last Republican senatorial candidate to do so. While in the Senate, McCarthy gained national attention for his role in the search for communists in the federal government.
- ^ Arthur Herman, Joseph McCarthy: Reexamining the Life and Legacy of America’s Most Hated Senator (New York, NY: The Free Press, 2000), 24.
- ^ Richard Halworth Rovere, Senator Joe McCarthy (Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1996), 84.
- ^ Herman, Joseph McCarthy, 33; John Buenker, “Cream City Electoral Politics: A Play in Four Acts,” in Perspectives on Milwaukee’s Past, ed. Margo Anderson and Victor Greene (Urbana and Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2009), 39.
For Further Reading
Herman, Arthur. Joseph McCarthy: Reexamining the Life and Legacy of America’s Most Hated Senator. New York, NY: The Free Press, 2000.
Rovere, Richard Halworth. Senator Joe McCarthy. Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 1996.