Death of Sen. Harry F. Byrd , Jr.

December 20, 1914 - July 30, 2013
Winchester, Virginia | Age 98

Former U.S. Senator from Virginia dies at 98
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BOB LEWIS, The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Harry F. Byrd Jr., a 20th century champion of racial segregation and fiscal restraint who followed his father into the U.S. Senate but left his father's Democratic Party, died Tuesday. He was 98.

Byrd, whose genteel demeanor masked thundering political clout, was the archetypal Southern senator during his 17 years in Washington. His 1983 retirement amounted to an epilogue for the "Byrd Machine" which once dominated Virginia...

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