Profession: Politician and Presidential Candidate
Why Famous: Eugene McCarthy was a prominent American politician best known for his part in the 1968 US presidential race.
McCarthy was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1948 and to the US Senate in 1958.
In 1968 with sentiment strong against the war in Vietnam, McCarthy agreed to run against the incumbent Lyndon Johnson to on an anti-war platform. In a surprise result, McCarthy almost defeated Johnson in the early New Hampshire Primary, forcing Johnson to withdraw from the race.
Thereafter McCarthy's main rival was Robert Kennedy until he was assassinated after winning the California primary. McCarthy's campaign then fell away and the Democratic nomination was eventually secured by Vice President Hubert Humphrey.
McCarthy was again a Presidential candidate in 1972 and 1976, the latter as an independent.
- 1967-11-30 Senator Eugene McCarthy announces he will run for the US presidency on an anti-Vietnam war platform
- 1968-04-02 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin
- 1968-05-28 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democrate primary in Oregon