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Richard Evelyn Byrd, Sr.

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Birthplace: Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
Death: October 23, 1925 (65)
Richmond, VA, United States
Place of Burial: Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Lt. Colonel William Byrd (CSA) and Jane Merriweather Byrd
Husband of Eleanor Bolling Byrd
Father of Governor Harry Flood Byrd, Sr.; Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr. USN and Capt. Thomas Bolling Byrd
Brother of Mary Armistead Byrd; Edward Byrd; Margaret Byrd and Ottway Byrd

Occupation: apple grower in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley and publisher of the Winchester Star newspaper
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About Richard E. Byrd

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/18776924/richard-evelyn-byrd

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Evelyn_Byrd_Sr.

Richard Evelyn Byrd Sr. (August 13, 1860 – October 23, 1925) was a Virginia lawyer, politician and newspaperman.

Early and family life

He was the first son born to Jennie (Rivers) and her husband William Byrd, who had become an adjutant general of the state of Texas, and born in Austin, Travis County, Texas months after the American Civil War had begun. After the war, his parents returned to Virginia and lived with his grandparents. His grandfather and namesake, also Richard E. Byrd (1801-1872), was a politician and by then former slaveholder (the elder Richard E. Byrd owned 26 enslaved people in Frederick County in 1860; and possibly more in neighboring Clarke County). The elder Byrd had been one of the representatives of Frederick, Hampshire and Morgan Counties in the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1851 and had also served in Virginia General Assembly. His great grandfather was Thomas Taylor Byrd, who used enslaved labor to work plantations, mostly in what became Clarke County after it was split from Frederick County. His great-great grandfather William Byrd had served in the British army during the American Revolutionary War, then moved to northwestern Virginia. This Richard E. Byrd graduated from the University of Virginia and later received a law degree from the University of Maryland.

This Richard E. Byrd married Eleanor Bolling Flood, also descended from the First Families of Virginia, in Martinsburg, West Virginia on September 15, 1886. They would have sons Harry Flood Byrd (1887–1966); Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888–1957) and Thomas Bolling Byrd (1890–1968).

Career

Byrd moved to Winchester Virginia from West Virginia in 1887 and became a wealthy apple grower in the Shenandoah Valley and published the Winchester Star newspaper. He represented Winchester in the Virginia House of Delegates, and served as that body's Speaker from 1908 until 1914. He was the United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia from 1914 until 1920.

Legacy

One of his sons, Richard, became famous as a naval aviator who led an expedition to the South Pole; another, Harry, would serve as Governor of Virginia and in the United States Senate.

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Richard Evelyn Byrd, Sr., was the son of William Byrd and Jennie Rivers Byrd. He was an apple grower in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. He was also publisher of the Winchester Star newspaper and Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Richard Evelyn Byrd, Sr. (1860–1925) was a Virginia politician. He represented Winchester in the Virginia House of Delegates, and served as that body's Speaker from 1908 until 1914. One of his sons, Richard, became famous as a naval aviator who led an expedition to the South Pole; another, Harry, would serve as Governor of Virginia and in the United States Senate.

Birth: Aug. 13, 1860 Austin Travis County Texas, USA Death: Oct. 23, 1925 Richmond Richmond City Virginia, USA

Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates; son of William Byrd and Jennie Rivers Byrd.

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Parents:
 William Byrd (1828 - 1898)
 Jennie Rivers Byrd (1840 - 1930)
Spouse:
 Eleanor Bolling Flood Byrd (1864 - 1957)*
Children:
 Harry F. Byrd (1887 - 1966)*
 Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888 - 1957)*
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Burial: Mount Hebron Cemetery Winchester Winchester City Virginia, USA

Created by: Garver Graver Record added: Apr 05, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 18776924

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Richard E. Byrd's Timeline

1860
August 13, 1860
Austin, Travis County, Texas, United States
1887
June 1, 1887
Martinsburg, Berkley Co., West Virginia, United States
1888
October 25, 1888
Winchester, Virginia, United States
1890
September 4, 1890
Winchester, VA, United States
1925
October 23, 1925
Age 65
Richmond, VA, United States
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Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia, United States