Robert Byrd

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Birthday
20, 1917
Birthplace
United States
Death Date
Jun 28, 2010 (92)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
20, 1917
Birthplace
United States
Death Date
Jun 28, 2010 (92)

About

US Senator from West Virginia and member of the Democratic party who served his state in the Senate from 1959 to 2010. He also served in the House of Representatives from 1953 to 1959.

Before Fame

He was recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan during the 1940's but later left the group and publicly denounced racial intolerance.

Trivia

He filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and he was the only senator to vote against both Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas to the United States Supreme Court, the only two African-American nominees.

Family Life

He had two children with his wife Erma Ora James.

Associated With

He beat Ted Kennedy to become Senate Majority Whip in 1971.