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Martin Dies, Jr.
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U.S. Congressman
    (November 5, 1900-November 14, 1972)
    Born in Colorado City, Texas
    Congressman from Texas (1931-45,1953-59)
    Chair of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC, 1938-44)
    He was criticized for using HUAC to further his personal campaign against FDR's New Deal.
    Time magazine called him 'a big political windbag' and noted, 'Mr. Dies knows chiefly how to bellow.'
    He twice ran unsuccessfully for the Senate (1941,1957).
    He famously included Shirley Temple on a list of Hollywood figures who sent greetings to a left-wing French newspaper, leading Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes to quip, 'They have found dangerous radicals there, led by Shirley Temple.'
    An attempt to question Gypsy Rose lee for running a clothing drive for refugees from Spain proved equally farcical, with Lee joking it was first time she had joint billing with Shirley Temple and saying 'With my act and Dies' publicity, we could bring back vaudeville.'
    When he was returned to the House in 1952, HUAC declined to take him back, as its members felt he had harmed the anti-Communist cause.
    Time wrote that he had 'an impressive physique [and] a durable voice.'
    He was married to Myrtle Adams for 52 years until his death.
    He was a staunch anti-Communist.
    HUAC also investigated pro-fascist groups during WWII. (Although critics said they weren't nearly as enthusiastic about it as they had been about hunting Reds.)

Credit: C. Fishel

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