Eugene J. McCarthy, 1916-2005
Gentle Senator, Presidential Hopeful Empowered U.S. Antiwar Movement
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, December 11, 2005; Page A01
Eugene J. McCarthy, 89, the scholarly and erudite Minnesota senator whose pursuit of the presidency in 1968 galvanized popular opposition to the war in Vietnam and helped drive Lyndon B. Johnson from the White House, died yesterday at the Georgetown Retirement Residence in Washington. He had Parkinson’s disease.
McCarthy was among the first of the mainstream Democrats to break ranks with the party leadership on the issue of Vietnam, and his challenge to an incumbent president of the same political party changed the course of history.