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Joseph Raymond McCarthy
United States Senator
from Wisconsin
In office
January 3, 1947 – May 2, 1957
Preceded by Robert M. La Follette, Jr.
Succeeded by William Proxmire
Personal details
Born November 14, 1908(1908-11-14)
Grand Chute, Wisconsin
Died May 2, 1957(1957-05-02) (aged 48)
Bethesda, Maryland
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jean Kerr McCarthy
Religion Roman Catholic

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 of intense anti-communist suspicion inspired by the tensions of the Cold War.

He made claims that there were large numbers of Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the federal government and elsewhere. The term "McCarthyism," coined in 1950 in reference to McCarthy's practices, was soon applied to similar anti-communist pursuits.

McCarthy died of hepatitis.