Robert C. Byrd: Child of the Appalachian Coalfields
West Virginia University Press
April 01, 2015
6.1 X 1.8 X 9.0 inches | 2.6 pounds
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About the Author
The longest-serving senator in history, Robert C. Byrd gained his higher education in the Senate. Rising from an impoverished childhood in the coalfields of West Virginia, Byrd entered public office in 1947 without a college degree. As a senator he earned a law degree by attending classes in the evenings. His careful reading of the Senate's rules, precedents, and history made him a formidable opponent in debate and fueled his rise through party leadership to become Democratic Conference secretary (1967-1971), whip (1971-1977), and leader (1977-1989). Senator Byrd died on June 28, 2010, having served for 51 years, 5 months, and 26 days.