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Who was Joseph McCarthy Joseph R McCarthy was born in 1908 on a family farm in Wisconsin He went to a country school and decided he was done with his education at the young age of 14 After that he explained to his family that he was finished with his studies and wanted to become a farmer like his father Joe began a profitable business of raising chickens after borrowing a plot of land from his father Unfortunately Joe became very ill and his business perished Joe decided that he would go to work At age 19 he became the manager of a grocery store in Manawa a town thirty miles away Some friends of his convinced him to go back to high school He was a very smart man and at the age of 20 managed to finish four years of high school in just one year In 1930 he enrolled in Marquette University in Milwaukee where he soon succeeded in getting his law degree in 1935 He ended up moving north to Waupaca There he ran and won the judgeship for the Tenth District of the Wisconsin Curcuit Court In 1942 Joe enlisted in the Marine Corps even though he was exempt for the draft due to his public position In his first two years as a lieutenant he went on many flying missions broke his leg on a ship during a party and gained a lot of attention from the press along the way Although later he claimed that his injured leg was caused by ten pounds of sharpnel that he was carrying at the time There is also a dispute about exactly how many flying missions he actually went on Sometime in 1944 McCarthy attempted to beat Alexander Wiley for a senitorial seat in Wisconsin but was defeated But that wasnt all He was already planning to run against Robert La Follette a senator whos seat was up for
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