"Pat McCarran was pretty divisive - people either loved him or hated him. But either way, this is an interesting piece of history."


  • Fact 1: Nevada Senator Patrick McCarran served from 1933 to 1954, and his strong anti-communist views made him a polarizing figure in the United States Senate.
  • Fact 2: Born in Reno, NV in 1876, Pat McCarran left the University of Nevada to help on the family farm. A self-taught lawyer, he passed the bar exam and by 1907 was the District Attorney of Nye County.
  • Fact 3: A staunch supporter of the military and aeronautics, Pat McCarran was instrumental in helping to create a US Air Force after World War II.
  • Fact 4: After WWII, McCarran became an outspoken anti-communist and chaired the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, which investigated Roosevelt and Truman supporters for supposed communist leanings.
  • Fact 5: Hours after famously buying a spot in line at a crowded barber shop in Reno, McCarran collapsed of a heart attack at a rally in Hawthorne, Nevada. He died at the age of 78.

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