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Robert Byrd

Born: 1959-01-03 - Died: 2010-06-28
Cause of Death:
Complications from heat stroke and dehydration

Death Summary: Byrd was admitted to a Washington hospital the day before his death. He was diagnosed as having a heat stroke from dehydration. He died later from health complications arising from the stroke.

Who was Robert Byrd : Robert Byrd was born Cornelius Calvin Sale Jr. in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina in 1917. At one year old, his mother died by way of a flu pandemic. Per their mother's wishes, the kids in the family were dispersed to various relatives. Sale Jr. ended up living with his aunt and uncle in southern West Virginia. Where he would be renamed: Robert Carlyle Byrd.

Byrd's odd beginnings would act as a preamble to a life with some very odd, but interesting outcomes. Byrd graduated high school as valedictorian, and would go on to marry his high school sweetheart, Erma Ora James.

Byrd's political career, oddly enough, had its beginning with the Ku Klux Klan. He joined the organization in 1942, at the age of 24. Upon joining the group, Byrd was almost instantly promoted to the top officer of his unit. He was praised for his leadership, and it was recommended he become involved in politics.

In 1952, Byrd got his start in American politics by being elected into the US House of Representatives. Upon his arrival, Byrd announced he had quit the Klan and said he only joined the group for a sense of excitement and agreed with their anti-communist sentiments. Byrd would continue apologizing, and explaining his Klan ties through the rest of his life.

Even with his Klan ties, Byrd's political standing grew stronger and would act as West Virginia's representative from the 6th district up until 1959. During this time he would move his political standing from representative to Senator.

During his record term as senator, Byrd would come to be somewhat of a loner. He was never known for being partisan, and would vote against the trends of his party. One of his earliest controversial moves was to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He filibustered the act for 14 hours. His explanation for the filibuster is that the act impeded the state's rights. He would later regret this decision, and would actually vote for the Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Byrd held many positions during his stint as Senator, with his most famous being Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. While serving in this position, Byrd lobbied for sending money to his home state. Byrd was highly renowned for investing in many state projects, from highways to education.

Even in his later years, Byrd was highly involved with the proceedings in the Senate. During 2009, even with his health problems, Byrd was present for all the crucial votes regarding the health care debate.
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  1. Michelle Says:

    I know that no matter how young or how old the loss of a loved one may be, it is still very hard for the family. My thoughts and prayers are with the famliy and Mr. Byrd.

  2. Ila Mollohan Says:

    He will be missed by all of w.v

    He will be missed.

  3. Taylor Says:

    I will miss you and so will your friends and family along with your fans. hope you are now in heven looking out for people.

  4. justice 4 cathy Says:

    former member of the kkk robert c byrd was abused cathy o brien and her daughter for years a very evil man rot in hell robert

  5. justice 4 cathy Says:

    former member of the kkk robert c byrd abused cathy o brien and her daughter for years a very evil man rot in hell robert

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    fukk dat nigger

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  8. Noo Says:

    Racism begins with our fialmies, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, people we admire, respect and love.However, as we grow and mature we come to the realization that what we were told by our family when we were children were slanted lies base on their prejudices. We realize that most people are like ourselves and not so different and want the same things, like a home, steady work, a Medicare plan and schools for our children (if you travel you will see this). We realize that most people are of good hearts and goodwill.This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him.Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need.Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his fellow man.You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”That’s the question before us. The question is not, “If I stop to help our fellow man (immigrant) in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help our fellow man, what will happen to him or her?” That’s the question.This current climate of blaming others for our woes is not new. We have had this before and we have conquered it.Remember “Evil flourishes when good men (and women) do nothing”. Raise your voices with those of us who believe we are equal and we can win this battle again.

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