November 14, 1908 - May 2, 1957
Joseph McCarthy was an American politician who served as a Republican U.S. senator from the state of Wisconsin from 1947 until his death in 1957. When reelection came around McCarthy was scared because his first term was not very impressive. So Joseph McCarthy accused many people of being communist. The panic arising from the witch-hunts and fear of communism which became known as McCarthyism. McCarthy's downfall began in October of 1953.