The Joy of Researching and Writing About Edward B. Burling and Joseph Welch

Previous posts have reviewed many aspects of the lives of Edward B. Burling, a prominent Washington, D.C. attorney, and of Joseph Welch, a prominent Boston attorney. (See Appendices A and B.) Those posts are the result of extensive research over many years and in many places besides Internet research on my home computer. Now I … Continue reading The Joy of Researching and Writing About Edward B. Burling and Joseph Welch

Joseph Welch Before the Army-McCarthy Hearings

Joseph Welch suddenly appeared on the national stage in 1954 at the age of 63. Where did he come from? Who was he? Upbringing Welch was born on October 22, 1890, on a farm near the tiny Iowa town of Primghar, the youngest of seven children. His parents were poor English immigrants who came to … Continue reading Joseph Welch Before the Army-McCarthy Hearings

Joseph Welch After the Army-McCarthy Hearings

Joseph Welch’s participation in the televised Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954 brought him national prominence. We have seen a summary of those hearings and his performance as the U.S. Army’s lawyer. As a result, Welch became a celebrity. His career expanded to do new things. Television Commentator Welch appeared on various national television programs, most notably … Continue reading Joseph Welch After the Army-McCarthy Hearings

The U.S. Army’s Hiring of Attorney Joseph Welch for the Army-McCarthy Hearings

The Army had many lawyers of its own, and it had a call on lawyers from the Department of Justice. Why then did the Army decide to hire a private attorney? The answer has not been discovered. One reason could be that the Army’s chief legal Counsel, John G. Adams, was included in the charges … Continue reading The U.S. Army’s Hiring of Attorney Joseph Welch for the Army-McCarthy Hearings

Attorney Joseph Welch’s Performance at the Army-McCarthy Hearings

Attorney Joseph Welch’s legal representation of the Army in the Army-McCarthy hearings was a very difficult assignment. It was not a trial in a court with established procedural and evidentiary rules to resolve a dispute under known substantive legal principles before an independent judge or jury. That is where Welch had many years of experience. … Continue reading Attorney Joseph Welch’s Performance at the Army-McCarthy Hearings

U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Nemesis: Attorney Joseph Welch

In 1953 U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, Republican of Wisconsin, targeted Langston Hughes, a black writer, over his alleged communism. Later that same year, McCarthy’s attention shifted to the U.S. Army when the Senator’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations began an investigation focused on an alleged spy ring at the Army Signal Corps laboratory at Fort … Continue reading U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Nemesis: Attorney Joseph Welch

U.S.Senator Joseph McCarthy Encounters Langston Hughes at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater

In 1953 the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Government Operations, chaired by Wisconsin Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy, purportedly was investigating the legitimacy or prudence of purchases of certain books by the U.S. Information Agency for overseas U.S. informational offices. This investigation did so, at least in part, by subpoenaing the … Continue reading U.S.Senator Joseph McCarthy Encounters Langston Hughes at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—TOPICAL: United States (HISTORY)

  # Date Title     William Brown and His  Descendants, c. 1669–1813 256 05/07/12 Rev. Charles Edwin Brown’s Lineage in America 258 05/12/12 Ancestor’s Military Service in King George’s War 288 07/12/12 Ancestors’ Military Service in the French and Indian War 289 07/14/12 Ancestor’s Service as Leader of Leicester, Massachusetts 290 07/16/12 Great Britain’s … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—TOPICAL: United States (HISTORY)

Edward B. Burling: The Character of the Man

This series about the life of Edward B. (“Ned”) Burling commenced with a post about his connections with Katherine Graham, the owner and publisher of the Washington Post, and then retreated in time to a post about his birth and early years in Iowa, 1870-1890, followed by a post about his four years at Harvard … Continue reading Edward B. Burling: The Character of the Man

Edward B. Burling, The Federal Government Attorney, 1917-1918

This series about the life of Edward B. Burling commenced with a post about his connections with Katherine Graham, the owner and publisher of the Washington Post, and then retreated in time to a post about his birth and early years in Iowa, 1870-1890, followed by a post about his four years at Harvard University … Continue reading Edward B. Burling, The Federal Government Attorney, 1917-1918