Richard C. Byrd

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Richard C. Byrd
Acting Governor of Arkansas
In office
January 10, 1849 – April 19, 1849
Preceded by Thomas S.Drew
as Governor of Arkansas
Succeeded by John S. Roane
as Governor of Arkansas
Member of the Arkansas Senate
In office
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born 1805 (1805)
Hawkins County, Tennessee
Died (aged 48–49)
Jefferson County, Arkansas
Political party Democratic

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


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 April 19, 1849, and returned to his mercantile store in Jefferson County, Arkansas.


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

See also[edit]


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Stevenson Drew
Governor of Arkansas

Succeeded by
John Selden Roane