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Joseph Welch
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    (October 22, 1890-October 6, 1960)
    Born in Primghar, Iowa
    Special counsel for the US Army during the Army-McCarthy hearings (March 16-June 17, 1954)
    He lost his biggest civil suit, a $7 million tax case for the Chicago stockyards.
    He owned over 150 bow ties.
    He hinted at rumors that Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn were gay when he asked of a picture, 'Did you think this came from a pixie?' and added, 'I should say, Mr. Senator, that a pixie is a close relative of a fairy. Have I enlightened you?'
    Life magazine noted, 'His elaborate politeness and gentility mask a highly active, well-disciplined bear-trap mind.'
    During the hearings, McCarthy accused Fred Fisher, a young lawyer at Welch's firm, of being a Communist sympathizer because he had belonged to the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) while in law school.
    McCarthy's action violated a pre-hearing agreement not to raise the issue because the NLG's alleged Communist ties were still under investigation by the Attorney General.
    Welch responded, 'Until this moment, Senator, I think I never gauged your cruelty or your recklessness.... Let us not assassinate this lad further Senator.... You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?'

Credit: C. Fishel

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