Richard Evelyn Byrd Sr.

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Richard Evelyn Byrd Sr.
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40th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
January 8, 1908 – January 14, 1914
Preceded by William D. Cardwell
Succeeded by Edwin P. Cox
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates for Frederick and Winchester
In office
January 10, 1906 – January 14, 1914
Preceded by Edwin C. Jordan, II
Succeeded by John M. Steck
Personal details
Born Richard Evelyn Byrd
(1860-08-13)August 13, 1860
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Died October 23, 1925(1925-10-23) (aged 65)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Eleanor Bolling Flood
Alma mater University of Virginia (B.A.)
University of Maryland (LL.B.)
Profession Farmer, Attorney, Newspaper Publisher, Politician

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

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.

He was the son of Jennie (Rivers) and William Byrd.


  • Jamerson, Bruce F., Clerk of the House of Delegates, supervising (2007). Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-2007. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia House of Delegates.

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