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Richard Evelyn Byrd

Member From: 1906 - 1912

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  • Birth Date: August 13, 1860 Birth Place:Austin, Texas
  • Death Date: November 23, 1925
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Elinor Bolling Flood
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  • Education: Shenandoah Academy; University of Virginia; University of Maryland in Baltimore
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  • Bio: Born in Austin, Texas, August 13, 1860. Died in Richmond, Va., November 23, 1925. Buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Va. Richard E. Byrd of Winchester was the son of William and Jennie (Rivers) Byrd. His father was a colonel in the Confederate Army and was Adjutant-General of the State of Texas after the War Between the States. He later returned to Winchester. He was the father of Governor and U. S. Senator Harry F. Byrd and Admiral Richard E. Byrd., Jr., of the trio of “Tom, Dick and Harry”. He attended Shenandoah Academy, entered the University of Virginia, and graduated in law at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He began his law practice in Winchester. He was Commonwealth”s attorney for Frederick County, 1884-1904; and a member of the House of Delegates, 1906-14. He was U. S. District Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, and special assistant to the Attorney General. He served on commissions relating to State tax and education. He married, September IS, 1886, Elinor Boiling Flood, daughter of Major Joel W. and Ella (Faulkner) Flood of Appomattox County.

    While he was Speaker of the House, the Cleric was JOHN W. WILLIAMS.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Speaker of the House during the sessions of 1908, 1910, and 1912
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1906 Frederick and Winchester Democrat Courts of Justice (Chair)
1908 Frederick and Winchester Democrat Speaker of the House Rules (Chair)
1910 Frederick and Winchester Democrat Speaker of the House Rules (Chair)
1912 Frederick and Winchester Democrat Speaker of the House Rules (Chair)

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