Harry Byrd Sr. Collection, 848 THL/WFCHS

Scope and Content: This collection is comprised of addresses, booklets, and other papers of Harry Flood Byrd from 1926, 1927, and 1930. These papers and booklets cover topics such as Byrd’s inauguration in 1926, addresses to the General Assembly of Virginia, and suggested changes in state amendments.

(1 box) Last updated 01/10.

Biographical/Historical: Harry Flood Byrd was born June 11, 1887, in Martinsburg, WV to Richard Evelyn Byrd II and Eleanor Bolling Flood. At age 15 he quit Shenandoah Valley Academy to supervise his father’s failing newspaper. The Winchester Evening Star. Byrd went on to become an executive at Southern Bell Telephone Co., President of the Valley Turnpike Co., and a successful apple producer. His political career includes being a member of the Winchester City Council, Virginia State Senator (1915), Democrat State Committee chairman (1922), Governor of Virginia (1925), and United States Senator (1933) where he remained until 1965. Byrd married Anne Douglas Beverly in 1913 and had four children. Byrd died October 20, 1966 and is buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, VA.

Cite As: Harry Flood Byrd, Sr. Collection, 848 THL/WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Organization:

Box 1

Byrd, Harry Flood - inaugural ceremonies, 1926, 2 items, 14 pages, printed

Inaugural Address, 1926 - Harry Flood Byrd, booklet, 1 item, 17 pages, printed

"Consolidation and Simplification in State and Local Governments," 1926, booklet, 1 item, 19 pages, printed

Address - General Assembly, 2 items
"On the Subject of Taxation," 1926, 17 pages, printed
"Condition of the State," 1930, 34 pages, printed

Address - "On the Simplification of Government in Virginia," 1926, 1 item, 10 pages, printed

"Organization and Management of the State Government of Virginia," 1927, booklet, 1 item, 156 pages, printed

"Repeal of the State Tax on Land and Personal Property," 1927, 1 item, 12 pages, printed

"Suggested Amendments to the Constitution of Virginia," 1927, booklet, 1 item, 31 pages, printed

"Communication from the Governor Transmitting a Brief Summary of the Work of the Several Departments of the State Government," 1930, booklet, 1 item, 83 pages, printed

News article, The Washington Post, 1963, 1 leaf, printed (photocopy)

"Two Byrds" – Time Magazine. Vol. 12, No. 16, Oct. 15, 1928, article in on pages 14-15; 56 pages, printed

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mc5d7 "Senator Byrd of Virginia" by Gerald W. Johnson, Life Magazine, Vol. 6, August 7, 1944, seven pages, printed