Eugene McCarthy

McCarthy, Eugene Joseph

Eugene Joseph McCarthy, 1916–2005, U.S. political leader, b. Watkins, Minn. He served (1942–46) as a technical assistant for military intelligence during World War II and then taught (1946–49) at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. As a liberal Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1949–59) and the Senate (1959–71), McCarthy gained a reputation as an intellectual in politics. In 1967 he announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination as a direct challenge to President Lyndon B. Johnson's Vietnam policies. His antiwar position won the support of many liberals and his strong showing (Mar., 1968) in the New Hampshire primary brought Sen. Robert F. Kennedy into the race and helped persuade Johnson not to seek reelection. Defeated for the nomination by Hubert H. Humphrey, McCarthy retired from the Senate and resumed (1973) teaching, but subsequently mounted several (1972, 1976, 1988, 1992) futile campaigns for the presidency. Among his books are The Limits of Power (1967) and The Year of the People (1969).

See D. Sandbrook, Eugene McCarthy: The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism (2004).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Eugene McCarthy: Selected full-text books and articles

The Year of the People By Eugene J. McCarthy Doubleday, 1969
Nonfinancial Economics: The Case for Shorter Hours of Work By Eugene McCarthy; William McGaughey Praeger Publishers, 1989
Other Things and the Aardvark By Eugene McCarthy Doubleday, 1970
Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism By William H. Chafe Basic Books, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "The McCarthy Misconnection" begins on p. 278
Battleground Chicago: The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention By Frank Kusch Praeger, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Information on Eugene McCarthy in Chap. 4 "'On to Chicago': Countdown to August"
Historical Dictionary of the 1960s By James S. Olson; Samuel Freeman Greenwood Press, 1999
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