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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Robert C. Byrd

This bas-relief of Senator Robert C. Byrd is part of several plaques on the walls of the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WVA.
"Senator Robert Byrd was the longest-serving senator and the longest-serving member in the history of the United States Congress. He filibustered against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and supported the Vietnam War, but later backed civil rights measures and criticized the Iraq War. He was briefly a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s, but later left the group and denounced racial intolerance." -- biography.com
 In Appreciation
Senator Robert C. Byrd

For his leadership and support
in the development of a national center
for conservation leadership
enabling natural resource professionals
to better serve the people of
the United States of America
through conservation of our natural resources

U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service
October 1997

Roger Mudd explains the relationship between Harry Byrd and Robert Byrd this way:
 "Harry Flood Byrd was one of the Senate's true aristocrats. A direct descendant of William Byrd of Westover, Harry Byrd was forever being confused with Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, who is not and never was mistaken for an aristocrat.

The West Virginia Byrd probably has the least distinguished origins of any member of the Senate. He was born Robert Sale in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, orphaned before he was a year old, and raised by his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Titus Dalton Byrd, of Stotesbury, West Virginia. Titus Byrd was an itinerant coal miner. Robert Byrd became a butcher in Crab Orchard, West Virginia, until he entered politics after World War II."

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