Eugene McCarthy, 1916 - 2005

portrait of Eugene McCarthy
TIME magazine cover (22 March 1968)

Born: 29 March 1916, Watkins, Minnesota
Died: 10 December 2005, Washington City

After graduating from St. John's University, McCarthy taught high school until the start of World War II, then served as an intelligence officer. After the war he ran for Congress and served five terms before running for the Senate in 1958. He fiercely opposed the Viet Nam War and though he eventually lost to Hubert Humphrey it was "Clean Gene" that focused public opinion on the war and led to Lyndon Johnson's withdrawal from the 1968 presidential campaign. McCarthy retired from the Senate in 1971 and went back to teaching and writing, but he mounted presidential campaigns (not always as a Democrat) in 1972, 1976, 1988, and 1992. Always a maverick, his campaigns were fun to watch.

Biography from Wikipedia and Chrisopher Hitchens obituary at Slate

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