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October 20, 1966: Harry F. Byrd died


U.S. Senator Harry Flood Byrd (June 10, 1887-October 20, 1966) was the pivotal figure of 20th century Virginia politics. He was born in West Virginia, at his mother’s ancestral home in Martinsburg. His brother was polar explorer Richard E. Byrd.

Byrd’s mother, Eleanor Bolling Flood, was the great-granddaughter of Gen. Elisha Boyd, who built the Martinsburg mansion known as Boydville in 1812. Byrd’s great-uncle,

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