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Harry F. BYRD JR.

American Harry F. BYRD JR.

born Harry Flood BYRD

American politician, represented Virginia in the United States Senate

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Born: on December 20, 1914 in Winchester, Virginia, USA


Byrd was born in Winchester, Virginia and was educated at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. In 1939, he assumed control of his father's chain of newspapers in the Shenandoah Valley. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.

Byrd served in the Senate of Virginia from 1948 to November 1965. In November 1965, Byrd's father resigned from the U.S. Senate for health reasons. At Harry, Sr.'s suggestion, Harry, Jr. was appointed to succeed him by Virginia Governor Albertis S. Harrison Jr. and won a special election as a Democrat to serve the remainder of his father's term in 1966.

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