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Term: Mccarthy, Charles 1873 - 1921

Definition:

educator, author, librarian, Progressive leader, b. North Bridgewater, Mass. He graduated from Brown Univ. (Ph.D., 1896), and the Univ. of Wisconsin (Ph.D., 1901). His Ph.D. thesis was awarded the Justin Winsor prize by the American Historical Association, and published in 1903 as The Anti-Masonic Party. In 1901 McCarthy was appointed assistant to Frank Hutchins (q.v.), secretary of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission in Madison, and in the same year was appointed to head the department of state documents (designed to provide legislators with reference materials at the time when the State Historical Society's library was being moved from the Capitol to its new building on State Street). McCarthy soon built this department into a model legislative reference library, the first of its kind in the country. Not only did McCarthy provide reference material to the legislators, but soon set up a bill-drafting department, prepared to draft bills in legal form on any subject required. In 1907 the service was officially recognized, and McCarthy was made chief of the Legislative Reference Library, serving in this capacity until his death. He also conducted seminars on legislation at the Univ. of Wisconsin (1905-1917), and was instrumental in creating the state board of public affairs (1911). At the request of this board he conducted investigations into agricultural conditions in Wisconsin, and as a result became an ardent advocate of farm co-operatives and government planning to meet agricultural needs. He was instrumental in organizing the National Conference on Marketing and Farm Credits to deal with agricultural problems on a national scale, and from 1914 to 1915 served as director of investigations for the U.S. Commission of Industrial Relations. Throughout his career he supported the widening of the state's educational opportunities, and was a vigorous promoter of the university's extension program, and of adult and vocational education. During World War I, McCarthy helped set up the state Council of Defense and Selective Service System, and was a member of the Federal Food Administration and the War Labor Policies Board. One of the most prominent and dynamic figures in Wisconsin progressivism, McCarthy was the author of The Wisconsin Idea (1912), believed by many to be the best contemporary summation of the Progressive movement's program and philosophy. Although McCarthy was often closely identified with Robert M. La Follette, Sr. (q.v.), there did not exist between the two men the strong political and personal loyalty that was often evident between La Follette and other state Progressive leaders. In 1912 McCarthy helped draft the Bull Moose platform and gave his support to Theodore Roosevelt, and in 1918 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator. As a Progressive leader, McCarthy was less a politician than the embodiment of the Progressive public administrator and educator working to realize social welfare through the service state. He died in Arizona where he was vacationing because of ill health. Dict. Amer. Biog.; E. A. Fitzpatrick, McCarthy of Wis. (New York, 1944); R. S. Maxwell, La Follette and the Rise of the Progressives ... [Madison, 1956; C. McCarthy Papers.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Charles McCarthy Papers for details. See also the Charles McCarthy Petiton Signatures.

View a related article at Wisconsin Magazine of History Archives.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

92 records found

Armstrong Creek, Town of, Forest Co.
Babcock, Joseph Weeks 1850 - 1909
Baensch, Emil 1857 - 1939
Baker, Ray Stannard [David Grayson] 1870 - 1946
Bancroft, Levi Horace 1861 - 1948
Barton, Albert Olaus 1870 - 1947
Beck, Joseph David 1866 - 1936
Berceau, Terese 1950
Blaine, John James 1873 - 1934
Bolens, Harry Wilbur 1864 - 1944
Bosshard, Otto 1876 - 1943
Brown [Willis], Olympia 1835 - 1926
Bryant, George Edwin 1832 - 1907
Capitol fire (1904)
Carpenter, Tim
Chvala, Chuck 1954
Chynoweth, Herbert William 1848 - 1906
Commons, John Rogers 1862 - 1945
Connor, William Duncan 1864 - 1944
conservation movement
Cook, Samuel Andrew 1849 - 1918
Crownhart, Charles Henry 1863 - 1930
Damann, Theodore 1869 - 1946
Davidson, James O. 1854 - 1922
Duff, Marc C. 1961
Ekern, Herman Lewis 1872 - 1954
Frank, Glenn 1887 - 1940
Frear, James Archibald 1861 - 1939
Gale, Zona 1874 - 1938
Ganfield, William Arthur 1873 - 1940
Gelatt, Roland Bernard 1856 - 1917
governors
Haight, Theron Wilber 1840 - 1913
Handley, John Joseph 1876 - 1941
Hannan, John Joseph 1866 - 1946
Hatton, William H. 1856 - 1937
Haugen, Nils Pederson 1849 - 1931
Heil, Julius Peter 1876 - 1949
Hoard, William Dempster 1836 - 1918
Holmes, Frederick Lionel 1883 - 1946
Hough, Maxine 1961
Houser, Walter L. 1855 - 1928
Huber, Henry Allen 1869 - 1933
Hull, Merlin 1870 - 1953
James, Ada Lois 1876 - 1952
Kading, Charles August 1874 - 1956
Kohler, Walter Jodok 1875 - 1940
Kronshage, Theodore Jr. 1869 - 1934
Krumrey, Henry 1852 - 1922
La Follette, Belle Case, 1859-1931
La Follette, Bronson C. 1936
La Follette, Douglas J.
La Follette, Philip Fox, 1897-1965
La Follette, Robert Marion Sr. (1855-1925)(Histori
La Follette, Robert Marion Sr. 1855 - 1925
La Follette, Robert Marion, Jr., 1895 - 1953
La Follette, Town of, Burnett Co.
La Follette, Town of, Forest Co.
Lafollette
Lassa, Julie M. 1970
Lenroot, Irvine Luther 1869 - 1949
Levitan, Solomon 1862 - 1940
Mccarthy, Charles 1873 - 1921
Mcgovern, Francis Edward 1866 - 1946
Myrick, Harry Pierce 1857 - 1916
Odell, Emery Alvin 1871 - 1953
Olbrich, Michael Balthasar 1881 - 1929
Payne, Henry Clay 1843 - 1904
Pettis, Mark L. 1950
Pfister, Charles [Frederick] 1859 - 1927
Philipp, Emanuel Lorenz 1861 - 1925
primary elections in Wisconsin
Progressive Movement
Sawyer, Philetus 1816 - 1900
Schilling, Robert 1843 - 1922
Schmedeman, Albert George 1864 - 1946
Scofield, Edward 1842 - 1925
Siebecker, Robert George 1854 - 1922
Sinicki, Christine 1960
Skindrud, Richard A. 1944
Spooner, John Coit 1843 - 1919
Stephenson, Isaac 1829 - 1918
Stevens, Edmond Ray 1869 - 1930
Teasdale, Howard (1855 - 1936)
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999
Tittemore, James Nelson 1864 - 1949
Travis, David M. 1948
Von Cotzhausen, Frederick William 1838 - 1924
Whitehead, John Meek 1852 - 1924
Wilcox, Roy Porter 1873 - 1946
Wilder, Amos Parker 1862 - 1936
Youmans, Theodora Winton, 1863 - 1932

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