Joseph McCarthy

1908 - 1957

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Joseph Raymond McCarthy (November 14, 1908 – May 2, 1957) was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death at age 48 in 1957. Beginning in 1950, McCarthy became the most visible public face of a period in the United States in which Cold War tensions fueled fears of widespread communist subversion. He alleged that numerous communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers had infiltrated the United States federal government, universities, film industry, and elsewhere. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph McCarthy has received more than 9,488,820 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Joseph McCarthy is the 1,810th most popular politician (up from 2,101st in 2019), the 546th most popular biography from United States (up from 664th in 2019) and the 66th most popular American Politician.

Joseph McCarthy was a United States Senator from Wisconsin. He is most famous for claiming that there were Communists in the United States government.

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Among politicians, Joseph McCarthy ranks 1,810 out of 19,576Before him are Celâl Bayar, Al-Mutawakkil, Jiang Ziya, Peter IV of Aragon, Senusret I, and Chenghua Emperor. After him are Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies, Michael the Brave, Jang Song-thaek, Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Kavad I, and Adnan Menderes.

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Among people born in 1908, Joseph McCarthy ranks 26Before him are Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Mika Waltari, Anna Magnani, David Oistrakh, Nelson Rockefeller, and Hannes Alfvén. After him are Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Franz Stangl, Amon Göth, Joseph Rotblat, Ilya Frank, and Werner von Haeften. Among people deceased in 1957, Joseph McCarthy ranks 23Before him are Gerty Cori, Gabriela Mistral, Walther Bothe, Richard E. Byrd, Irving Langmuir, and Heinrich Otto Wieland. After him are Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Alfred Döblin, Curzio Malaparte, Jože Plečnik, František Kupka, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Joseph McCarthy ranks 546 out of 20,380Before him are Tobin Bell (1942), Janet Leigh (1927), Ernest Borgnine (1917), Theodore William Richards (1868), Richard Bach (1936), and James B. Sumner (1887). After him are Raquel Welch (1940), Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804), Burt Young (1940), Bob Beamon (1946), Harold Lloyd (1893), and Chet Baker (1929).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Joseph McCarthy ranks 66Before him are John Tyler (1790), Rutherford B. Hayes (1822), John Kerry (1943), David Duke (1950), Chester A. Arthur (1829), and Nelson Rockefeller (1908). After him are Kamala Harris (1964), Boris Johnson (1964), Colin Powell (1937), Nancy Pelosi (1940), Donald Rumsfeld (1932), and Kamehameha I (1758).