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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 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 is known for alleging 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 7,629,181 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia. Joseph McCarthy is the 2,135th most popular politician (down from 2,039th in 2019), the 664th most popular biography from United States (up from 677th in 2019) and the 69th 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 2,135 out of 15,577Before him are Abdul Rashid Dostum, Liu Shan, Tang of Shang, Albert, King of Sweden, Herennius Etruscus, and Eadwig. After him are Maria Mandl, Fanny Kaplan, Charles III, Duke of Bourbon, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, Senusret II, and Omar Bongo.

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Among people born in 1908, Joseph McCarthy ranks 28Before him are Mika Waltari, Amon Göth, David Oistrakh, David Lean, Nelson Rockefeller, and Princess Sibylla of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. After him are Franz Stangl, Carole Lombard, Manoel de Oliveira, William Saroyan, Dmitry Ustinov, and Werner von Haeften. Among people deceased in 1957, Joseph McCarthy ranks 23Before him are Walther Bothe, Gerty Cori, Gabriela Mistral, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Irving Langmuir, and Alfred Döblin. After him are Curzio Malaparte, František Kupka, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Eliot Ness, Erich von Stroheim, and Heinrich Otto Wieland.

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Among people born in United States, Joseph McCarthy ranks 664 out of 18,182Before him are Douglass North (1920), Terrence Malick (1943), Hugh Glass (1783), Hugh Everett III (1930), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933), and Carl Barks (1901). After him are Jim Jarmusch (1953), Nancy Reagan (1921), Frances McDormand (1957), Stanley Milgram (1933), Michio Kaku (1947), and Bob Beamon (1946).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Joseph McCarthy ranks 69Before him are James E. Webb (1906), Nelson Rockefeller (1908), Boris Johnson (1964), Jim Mattis (1950), Donald Rumsfeld (1932), and Ted Kennedy (1932). After him are Michael Bloomberg (1942), Bill de Blasio (1961), Kamehameha I (1758), Eliot Ness (1903), Kamala Harris (1964), and Nancy Pelosi (1940).