Harry F. Byrd, Jr.

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Harry F. Byrd, Jr.
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Unitit States Senator
frae Virginie
In office
November 12, 1965 – Januar 3, 1983
Precedit bi Harry Byrd
Succeedit bi Paul Trible
Personal details
Born Harry Flood Byrd, Jr.
December 20, 1914(1914-12-20)
Winchester, Virginie, U.S.
Dee'd Julie 30, 2013(2013-07-30) (aged 98)
Winchester, Virginie, U.S.
Poleetical pairty Democratic (Afore 1970)
Independent Democrat (1970–2013)
Spoose(s) Gretchen Bigelow Thomson (1941–1989)
Bairns Harry
Thomas
Beverley
Alma mater Virginia Militar Institute
Varsity o Virginie
Religion Episcopalian
Militar service
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years o service 1941-1945
Rank US Navy O4 infobox.svg Lieutenant commander (Unitit States)
Battles/wars Warld War II

Harry Flood Byrd, Jr. (20 December 191430 Julie 2013)[1] wis an American politeecian. He representit Virginia in the Unitit States Senate frae 1965 tae 1983.

Byrd wis born in Winchester, Virginia. He servit in the Unitit States Airmy durin World War II frae 1941 tae 1945.

Byrd servit in the Senate o Virginia frae 1948 tae November 1965. In November 1965, Byrd's faither resignit frae the Unitit States Senate for heal reasons. At Harry, Sr.'s suggestion, Harry, Jr. wis appointit tae succeed him bi Virginie Govrenor Albertis S. Harrison Jr. an won a special election as a Democrat tae serve the remainder o his faither's term in 1966.

Byrd is kent for leavin the Democratic Pairty in 1970. He acame an Independent, altho he continuit tae support the Democratic Pairty. Byrd wis the first Independent politeecian in the history o the Unitit States Senate tae be electit bi a majority o the popular vote.[2]

He wis the son o Harry F. Byrd, Sr.. He replacit his faither as senator. He retirit in 1982.

Byrd died frae hert disease at the age o 98 on 30 Julie 2013. At the time o his daith, Byrd wis the auldest livin senators in the Unitit States.

Early life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Byrd wis born on 20 December 1914 in Winchester, Virginie. He wis eddicated at the Virginia Military Institute an at the Varsity o Virginie.

Career[eedit | eedit soorce]

Byrd servit in the Senate o Virginia frae 1948 tae November 1965. In November 1965, Byrd's faither resignit frae the Unitit States Senate for heal reasons. At Harry, Sr.'s suggestion, Harry, Jr. wis appointit tae succeed him bi Virginie Govrenor Albertis S. Harrison Jr. an won a special election as a Democrat tae serve the remainder o his faither's term in 1966.

Byrd wis the first Independent politeecian in the history o the U.S. Senate tae be electit bi a majority o the popular vote.[2]

In 1971, Byrd proposit a bill tae allae the importation o various metals frae Rhodesie, contradictin the poseetion o the Preses an the Unitit Naitions Security Cooncil which forbade maist forms o trade or financial exchynge wi Rhodesie, which haed a white-controllit govrenment.[3] The bill passit, an the 1971 Byrd Amendment allowit Rhodesie tae trade wi the U.S. in spite o these sanctions till it wis repealit in 1977.[4]

Retirement[eedit | eedit soorce]

Byrd did nae run for reelection in 1982 an movit back tae his hometown o Winchester. He wis succeedit bi Unitit States Representative Paul S. Trible, Jr., who servit anly ane term an did nae seek reelection in 1988.

Personal life[eedit | eedit soorce]

Byrd marrit Gretchen Bigelow Thomson in 1941. Thay haed three childer. Thomson deit in 1989. Byrd livit in Harrisonburg, Virginie.

Daith[eedit | eedit soorce]

Byrd deit at his home in Winchester, Virginie frae a hert attack on Julie 30, 2013 the age o 98.[5]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Former Sen. Harry Byrd Jr. of Virginia dies". MSN.com. 30 Julie 2013. Retrieved 30 Julie 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Longtime Daily News-Record Publisher, 98, Served Country, State, Community For Decades". DNRonline.com. 31 Julie 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. Meredith, Martin. The Past is Another Country. p. 218. 
  4. Elizabeth Schmidt (2003). "Journal of Southern African Studies, Vol. 29, No. 1 (March 2003), pp. 311-312". JSTOR. Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  5. Former U.S. Sen. Harry F. Byrd Jr. Dies

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