Eugene J. McCarthy (1916-2005), Senator

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Eugene J. McCarthy (1916-2005) wrote five collections of poetry, 17 nonfiction books (mostly relating to politics), and one children’s book. He was also a member of the U.S. Congress from Minnesota, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 10 years, and a member of the U.S. Senate for 12 years. He ran for President against Kennedy and sought the presidency four other times. His platform for presidency was his negation of the Vietnam War, and this conviction also influenced his poetry. McCarthy graduated from Saint John’s University and earned his Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota; he then taught in several public schools in Minnesota and North Dakota, and went on to become a professor at St. John’s University where he taught economics and education for three years. He was a civilian technical assistant in the Military Intelligence Division of the War Department, then a professor of sociology and economics at the College of St. Thomas in Minnesota. McCarthy was a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. His poetry collections include Cool Reflections: Poetry for the Who, What, When, Where, and Especially Why of it All (1997) and Selected Poems (1997). In the latter book, his poetry centers on his experiences in running for president and other aspects of his political life. AND Beltway Poetry Quarterly, essay by Peter Montgomery, Volume 13:4, Spring 2012: DC Writers' Homes:

Written by Monica Root December 2013

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