McCarthy, Beverly

Longtime Republican delegate in Orange County






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Title An oral history with Beverly McCarthy
Date 2016-02-18
OH ID OH 5818
Citation Beverly McCarthy interviewed by Norman Zeledon, February 18, 2016, San Juan Capistrano, California, Oral History #5483, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Location San Juan Capistrano, CA
Language English
Subjects Family → Grandparents
Family → Childhood Experiences
Family → Values
Family → Family Histories and Traditions
Democratic Party
Military → World War II
War → World War II → Pearl Harbor
Elections → Presidential Elections → Thomas Dewey, 1940s
Family → Courtship
Family → Marriage
Community Organizations → California Federation of Republican Women (CRFW)
Elections → Election Campaigns
Elections → Canvassing
Republican Party → Tea Party
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
Community Organizations → International Leadership Foundation
Family → Grandparents
War → World War II → World War II Rationing
War → World War II → Wartime Experiences
War → World War II → The Flying Tigers
Direct Action → Marches → March on Washington
Locations → Orlando, Florida
Religion → Catholicism → Catholic Church → Requiem Masses
Religion → Episcopal Church
War → World War II → World War II Rationing → Air Raids
Elected Officials → Presidential → President Theodore Roosevelt
Elected Officials → Presidential → President Harry Truman
Ideology → Patriotism
Historic Events → Japanense surrender, WWII, 09/02/1945
Historic Events → Japanense surrender, WWII, 09/02/1945
Women in the Workplace → Washington School for Secretaries
War → Korean War
Historic Events → Japanense surrender, WWII, 09/02/1945
Republican Party → Young Republicans
Republican Party → Orange County Republican Party
Elected Officials → Presidential → President Lyndon B. Johnson
Direct Action → Rallies
Elected Officials → Presidential → President Richard Nixon
Police and Law Enforcement → Precincts
Historic Events → Watergate
Colleges → Orange Coast College
Elections → Delegate
Entertainment and Culture → Music → Songs → God Bless America
Elected Officials → Presidential → President Gerald Ford
Elected Officials → Congressional → U.S. Senate → John McCain


An oral history of Beverly McCarthy, former longtime Republican and political supporter. The interview was conducted for the Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Oral History Project for California State University, Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. The purpose of this interview was to gather information regarding McCarthy’s political involvement. Specifically the interview talks about McCarthy’s early childhood in Orlando, Florida, memories of her grandparents; shares story about meeting President Roosevelt; what she remembers about December 7, 1941; recalls humorous story of her younger sister putting ration coupons in a sticker book; explains why her family moved to Washington D.C. in 1942 and memories of the city during World War II including: rationing, her family’s military service, reaction to President Roosevelt’s death, and V-E Day; defines patriotism; talks about her father’s job with the Truman administration post-WWII and the family moving to Jacksonville; shares about an article she wrote for her school paper on the Truman/Dewey election; tells how she met her husband, Justin McCarthy; experience at the Washington School for Secretaries and employment at Wardman Park Hotel; talks about her husband’s military career and living in Japan during the Korean War; how she and her husband became interested in politics; recalls Justin’s campaign for and election to Westminster City Council; involvement with local Republican politics including the California Federation of Republican Women; why she supported Ronald Reagan throughout his career; recalls running local campaign headquarters for husbands State Assembly race; how Watergate affected politics in Orange County; election between David Rehmann and Jerry Patterson; remembers attending the 1976 Republican primary as a California delegate for Ronald Reagan; talks about when her husband died; running North Orange County Republican Headquarters in 1987; political climate during Bush campaign; current state of the Republican Party; why she changed her political affiliation to Independent; talks about her children; differences in how men and women lead; defines feminism; what she’s most proud of in her political life; attending Governor Deukmejian’s inauguration; what she’s most proud of in her life; what it was like attending George H.W. Bush’s inauguration; talks about her role models; and finally, why she’s proud of the person she is.


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Description> Beverly McCarthy at the 1976 Republican National Convention, as a delegate for presidential candidate Ronald Reagan.
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Description> Beverly McCarthy at the 1976 Republican National Convention, as a delegate for presidential candidate Ronald Reagan.