McCarran, Pat

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  • Pat McCarran (1876–1954), a U.S. senator from Nevada from 1933 until his death in 1954, became one of the most powerful members of Congress. Nationally and internationally, he influenced foreign policy by crusading against communism and in favor of communism's opponents, including Francisco Franco of Spain and Chiang Kai-Shek of China. At home, McCarran dominated Nevada politically and affected its economy by delivering federal projects and protecting the gaming industry against government encroachment.

    Born on September 8, 1876, in Reno, Nevada, Patrick Anthony McCarran graduated from high school at the relatively late age of twenty-one, because he had left school several times to help his father on the family sheep ranch. He never finished his degree at the University of Nevada but became well enough known ...

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