Harry F. Byrd

Born Jun 10, 1887

Harry Flood Byrd, Sr. of Berryville in Clarke County, Virginia, was an American newspaper publisher, farmer and politician. He was a descendant of one of the First Families of Virginia. His ancestors included William Byrd II of Westover Plantation, who established Richmond, Robert "King" Carter of Corotoman, a colonial governor, and Pocahontas, and he was the brother of famed aviator Richard Evelyn Byrd. He was the father of Harry F. Byrd, Jr.… Read More

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1887 Birth Harry Flood Byrd was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia in 1887 and moved with his parents, Richard Evelyn Byrd, Sr. and Eleanor Bolling (Flood), to Winchester, Virginia the same year. … Read More


1901 14 Years Old Harry Flood Byrd was the brother of famed aviator Richard Evelyn Byrd. He was a nephew of Henry De La Warr Flood, who served in the House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress from Appomattox County, Virginia from 1901 to 1921 and Joel West Flood, also of Appomattox County. … Read More
1903 16 Years Old In 1903, he took over his father's newspaper, the Winchester Star. … Read More


1908 21 Years Old In 1908, at the age of 21, he became president of The Valley Turnpike Company, overseeing the Valley Turnpike, a 93-mile toll road between Winchester and Staunton. … Read More
1913 26 Years Old Byrd married Anne Douglas Beverage, a childhood friend, on October 7, 1913. … Read More
1915 28 Years Old In 1915, while still heading the Valley Turnpike Company, at the age of 28, Byrd was elected to the Virginia Senate. … Read More


1922 35 Years Old However, he first came to prominence in 1922, when he led a fight against using bonded indebtedness as a method to pay for new roads. … Read More
1923 36 Years Old In 1923, Byrd was sued by the Virginia Highway Contractors Association because he said their activities "by combination and agreements may be very detrimental" to the State. … Read More
1925 38 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He was elected the 50th Governor of Virginia in 1925 and continued to lead a political faction that became known as the Byrd Organization as he represented Virginia as a United States Senator from 1933 until 1965. … Read More


1928 41 Years Old In the 1928 U.S. presidential campaign, he supported Al Smith, the Democratic Governor of New York, who would go on to lose to Republican Herbert Hoover.
1932 45 Years Old Byrd himself was an early favorite for the 1932 presidential nomination but he opted to endorse Franklin D. Roosevelt at the right moment and became an official in Roosevelt's successful campaign.
1933 46 Years Old In 1933 Byrd was appointed to fill a vacancy in the United States Senate; he won reelection as a Democrat in 1933, 1934, 1940, 1946, 1952, 1958, and 1964.


1939 52 Years Old Byrd and his colleague Carter Glass invoked senatorial courtesy to stop Roosevelt's nomination of Floyd H. Roberts to a federal judgeship in Virginia in 1939. … Read More
1941 54 Years Old As war loomed in 1941 Congress approved his proposal for a joint House-Senate committee to look into ways of eliminating nonessential expenditures. … Read More


1948 61 Years Old He often broke with the Democratic Party line, going so far as to refuse to endorse Roosevelt's successor, Harry S. Truman in 1948.
1952 65 Years Old He also refused to endorse Adlai Stevenson in 1952. … Read More
1956 69 Years Old Although Byrd was never a candidate in a presidential election, he nevertheless received 116,248 votes in the 1956 election.
1960 73 Years Old In the 1960 election, he received 15 electoral votes from unpledged electors: all eight from Mississippi, six of Alabama's 11 (the rest going to John F. Kennedy), and 1 from Oklahoma (the rest going to Richard Nixon). Byrd retired from the Senate for health reasons in November 1965. His son, Harry F. Byrd, Jr., was appointed his successor. Harry F. Byrd, Sr. died of brain cancer in 1966. … Read More
1966 79 Years Old Died on October 20, 1966.
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