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Eugene McCarthy
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Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1916
Date of Death: 2005
Cause of Death: Parkinson's Disease
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation:
Spouse: Abigail (. 2001, although the relationship was over in 1969)
Children: Five
Political Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor/Democratic Party
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Minnesota
(1949-1959)
United States Senator from Minnesota
(1959-1971)
Turtledove Appearances:
Shared Universe Story
"The Fillmore Shoggoth"
Fantasy Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Eugene Joseph "Gene" McCarthy (March 29, 1916 – December 10, 2005) was an American politician, poet, and a long-time member of the United States Congress from Minnesota. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1949 to 1959 and the U.S. Senate from 1959 to 1971.

In the 1968 presidential election, McCarthy was the first candidate to challenge incumbent Lyndon Johnson for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, running on an anti-Vietnam War platform. The unexpected vote total he achieved in the New Hampshire primary and his strong polling in the upcoming Wisconsin primary led Johnson to withdraw from the race, and lured Robert Kennedy into the contest. Vice President Hubert Humphrey (a fellow Minnesotan) also entered the race after Johnson's withdrawal, ultimately defeating McCarthy handily at the party's nominating convention. After leaving the Senate in 1972, McCarthy would unsuccessfully seek the presidency four more times. He died in 2005.

Eugene McCarthy in "The Fillmore Shoggoth"Edit

The fact that Eugene McCarthy, Robert Kennedy, and Hubert Humphrey were in a three-way battle for the "soul" of the Democratic Party in the Spring of 1968 was seen as a "portent".

Another such portent was an iceberg that had broken from the Antarctic Ross Ice Shelf in 1966 and floated north, successfully arriving on the San Francisco coast in the Spring of 1968.

Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Edward Devitt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's 4th congressional district
1949-1959
Succeeded by
Joseph Karth
Preceded by
Edward John Thye
United States Senator from Minnesota
1959-1971
Succeeded by
Hubert Humphrey

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