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A controversial figure, U.S. Congressman Martin Dies, Jr. led the Committee to Investigate Un-American Activities from 1937 to 1944, targeting alleged communists.
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Born in Texas in 1901, congressman Martin Dies, Jr. was an early supporter of Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal, but later turned conservative. From 1937 to 1944 he led the controversial Committee to Investigate Un-American Activities (later HUAC), which persecuted U.S. officials it believed to have ties to the Communist Party.
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