BYRD, Harry Flood, Jr., (1914 - 2013)

Senate Years of Service: 1965-1971; 1971-1983
Party: Democrat; Independent

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

BYRD, Harry Flood, Jr., (son of Harry Flood Byrd, Sr.), a Senator from Virginia; born in Winchester, Va., December 20, 1914; educated at Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia; newspaper editor and fruit grower; member of Democratic State central committee 1940-1965; during the Second World War, served in the United States Naval Reserve as a lieutenant commander; member, State senate 1948-1965; appointed on November 12, 1965, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of his father, Harry Flood Byrd, Sr., and was subsequently elected in a special election on November 8, 1966, to fill the unexpired term ending January 3, 1971; reelected as an Independent in 1970 and in 1976, and served from November 12, 1965, to January 2, 1983; was not a candidate for reelection in 1982; was a resident of Winchester, Va., until his death on July 30, 2013; interment in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Va..


Byrd, Harry F., Jr. Double Trouble: Vignettes from a Life of Politics and Newspapering. Harrisonburg, Virg.: R.R. Donnelley & Sons, 2007; Byrd, Harry F., Jr. “The Limitations of Detente.” In Trends in U.S.-Soviet Military Power, pp. 7-12. Washington: ACU Education and Research Institute, 1977; Hatch, Alden. The Byrds of Virginia. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1969.