Publisher: University of Virginia Special Collections
Senator Harry F. Byrd
Harry F. Byrd, United States senator from Virginia, strikes a comical pose for the camera as he peruses the 1958 federal budget. Byrd served as a Virginia state senator (1915–1925), governor (1926–1930), and United States senator (1933–1965), and for forty years led the Democratic political machine known as the Byrd Organization. He earned a reputation as a harsh critic of big-government programs and the civil rights legislation of the 1960s.