Eugene McCarthy served as the U.S. Senator from Minnesota from 1958 until 1970. His opposition to the Vietnam War led him to challenge Lyndon Johnson for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968. After retiring from the Senate, McCarthy lectured throughout the country and taught university courses in politics, literature and history. He was an independent candidate for President in the 1976 election. His drive for ballot access involved successful challenges to election laws in 18 states. A prolific writer, Eugene McCarthy has written fourteen books on topics including government and politics, foreign policy, children's stories, and poetry.
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