Eugene Joseph McCarthy was an American Democrat politician and poet, who represented Minnesota in the United States Senate and Minnesota's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives.
Born March 29th, 1916 in Watkins, Minnesota, McCarthy served as a code breaker for the United States Department of War during World War II. After the war, he was elected as U.S. Congressman from 1949 to 1959. McCarthy then was elected to the U.S. Senate from 1959 to 1971. McCarthy sought the presidency five times (most notably in 1968 with anti-Vietnam War platform), but never won.
As well as his vocal anti-war stance, McCarthy was well known for publishing numerous poetry books in his lifetime.
November 30, 1967 - Minnesota Senator Eugene J. McCarthy announces he will challenge President Lyndon B. Johnson for the 1968 Democratic nomination for president.
July 1, 1968 - Taking a break from his campaign for the presidency, Eugene McCarthy reads his own poetry to a group of students at a Minnesota university (possibly St. Johns).
July 11, 1968 - A conversation with Eugene McCarthy at St. Johns, in Collegeville. Gary Eicthen and Pat Smith asked McCarthy questions as he was taking a break from his presidential campaign.
May 11, 1972 - A news feature of the "Eight Days in May" - anti-war demonstrations known as the Dinkytown riot. McCarthy is sympathetic to the protests.
January 20, 1973 - Eugene McCarthy speaks at the Peace Conference held at the Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN. The speech focuses on the ongoing Vietnam War.
December 16, 1973 - Eugene McCarthy speaks about political personalities and current issues before a campus audience at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
April 19, 1974 - A speech given by Eugene McCarthy, who was a long-term DFL Congress Representative from Minnesota, as well as a poet and author. McCarthy is speaking here on the vice presidency, how to reform the Presidency, and the 25th Amendment of the Constitution.
April 19, 1974 - Comments from Eugene McCarthy regarding Richard Nixon and impeachment. (Part 1)
April 19, 1974 - Comments from Eugene McCarthy regarding Richard Nixon and impeachment. (Part 2)
June 7, 1974 - On this program of Firing Line, William F. Buckley interviews Eugene McCarthy on how the post-Watergate presidency should look, and how the office might be revised so as to bring it back within republican discipline.