When: In office from 1947- 1957
Where: From Wisconsin works in the Senate
Who: Senator from Wisconsin, one of the lead politicians who enflamed the Red Scare
So What: McCarthy wasnt the only politician who fanned the flames of communism fear, but he was one of the most vocal, which is why we call the phenomenon McCarthyism. He lead the charge for investigators into possible communists. At one point he claimes to have a list of over 200 members of the state department who were communists. He used a number of tactics, including lying, exaggerating, and guilt by association.