Senator McCarthy at Funeral for Robert F. Kennedy

The assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, I believe, was an event which was life changing for him.  The positions the candidates were taking in California were different.  Senator McCarthy was in the race to address a most important issue, an issue which would cause a major change in America.  A vote up or down for a candidate who was opposed to the war in Vietnam.  Senator Kennedy changed the debate and broadened the issues.

Despite the politics of the time, Senator McCarthy was deeply affected by his opponent’s death.


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Engagement, Becoming a Novitiate

Gene McCarthy asked Abigail Quigley to be in his wife in January 1938.  He was 22, she about 23.  Their marriage did not come about soon.  In March of 1942 he became a novitiate of the Benedictine order at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Being a novitiate is a time of testing and experience for the purpose of determining whether the novitiate and the order find it true that the novitiate should become a monk.  it is a time of great reflection and involvement in the vocation of monasticism.

Gene McCarthey and Abigail Quiqley became married in June 1945.

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Ralph Nader on the Passing of Gene McCarthy

Statement by Ralph Nader on the Passing of Senator Eugene McCarthy

Independent candidates and the American people are indebted to former United States Senator and five-time presidential candidate, Eugene McCarthy, for his many attempts to make the election process for both candidates and voters more free and open. He was a pioneer in bringing litigation to challenge the absence of ballot access laws for Independent candidates in multiple states that still had no procedure in the mid-1970s, much less fair ones. As a result, he was only on the ballot in 29 states in the 1976 presidential election. Senator McCarthy was also a principled voice against the Vietnam War at a time when neither major party, including his own, could manage to condemn that war. He will be remembered and respected for his efforts against the two-party tyranny in our electoral process.
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Senator Eugene J. McCarthy and Family: A dedication.

In the winter and spring of 1968 Senator Eugene Joseph McCarthy challenged President Lyndon Baines Johnson for the Democratic candidacy for the Presidency of the United States.  We were at war in Viet Nam.  Senator McCarthy sought to bring the war to an end.  In the New Hampshire Presidential Primary of 1968 Senator McCarthy won 42% of the vote.  President Johnson won 44%.  Shortly after the primary President Johnson declared that he would not run for a second term.  Nothing like this had ever happened before.

Senator McCarthy’s campaign to become the Democratic candidate for the Presidency of the United States in 1968 came about as a call by those who were opposed to the war.  It was also the result of deep commitment of Senator McCarthy to bring the war to an end and to introduce a new era of leadership of the United States.  .

This website is dedicated to Senator McCarthy and his family.

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