Richard C. Byrd

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Richard C. Byrd
Acting Governor of Arkansas
In office
1849–1849
Preceded by Thomas S.Drew
as Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by John S. Roane
as Governor of Arkansas
Personal details
Born 1805
Hawkins County, Tennessee
Died June 1, 1854(1854-06-01)
Jefferson County, Arkansas
Political party Democratic

Richard C. Byrd (January 1, 1805 – June 1, 1854) was an American politician and Acting Governor of the State of Arkansas in 1849.

Biography[edit]

Byrd was born in 1805 in Hawkins County, Tennessee. Byrd was a merchant and farmer, and moved to Arkansas in 1826.

Political career[edit]

Byrd became auditor for the Arkansas Territory and served in that position from 1829 to 1831. He served in the Territorial Legislature in 1833. He served as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1836, and in the Arkansas Senate in 1840, 1842, 1846, and 1848. Byrd had an unsuccessful gubernatorial run in 1844.[1]

When Governor Thomas Stevenson Drew resigned from office on January 10, 1849, Byrd was president of the Senate and became acting governor. Byrd left the office on 19 April 1849, and returned to his mercantile store in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

Death[edit]

Byrd died at his home in Jefferson County following a lengthy illness.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arkansas Governor Richard C. Byrd". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 10, 2012. 

External links[edit]


Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Stevenson Drew
Governor
Acting Governor of Arkansas
1849
Succeeded by
John Selden Roane
Governor