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Harry F. Byrd
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United States Senator
from Virginia
In office
March 4, 1933 – November 10, 1965
Preceded by Claude A. Swanson
Succeeded by Harry F. Byrd Jr.
50th Governor of Virginia
In office
February 1, 1926 – January 15, 1930
Lieutenant Junius Edgar West
Preceded by Elbert Lee Trinkle
Succeeded by John Garland Pollard
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 26th district
In office
January 9, 1924 – February 1, 1926
Preceded by James M. Dickerson
Succeeded by Joseph S. Denny
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 10th district
In office
January 12, 1916 – January 9, 1924
Preceded by Frank S. Tavenner
Succeeded by Marshall B. Booker
Personal details
Born
Harry Flood Byrd

(1887-06-10)June 10, 1887
Martinsburg, West Virginia, U.S.
Died October 20, 1966(1966-10-20) (aged 79)
Berryville, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anne Douglas Beverley
Children 4, including Harry Jr.
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Harry Flood Byrd Sr. (June 10, 1887 – October 20, 1966) was an American newspaper publisher and political leader of the Democratic Party. H was Governor of Virginia from 1926 until 1930. He was then a United States Senator from 1933 until 1965. He was a critic of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, largely blocking most liberal legislation after 1937.

His son Harry Jr. replaced him as U.S. Senator, but ran as an Independent following the decline of the Byrd Organization.

Although Byrd never announced as a presidential candidate, he received many votes in the 1956 presidential election and 15 electoral votes in the 1960 election.

Byrd died in Berryville, Virginia on October 20, 1966 at the age of 79.

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