Richard Evelyn Byrd: A Brief Biography

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Richard Evelyn Byrd was born on October 25, 1888, in Winchester, Virginia. Byrd 's family was long prominent in Virginia: his older brother was Harry Flood Byrd Sr., who served as governor (1926–1930), U.S. senator (1933–1965), and head of the Byrd Organization, a statewide political machine. Byrd attended the Shenandoah Valley Military Academy and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington in 1907. In that same year, he enrolled at the University of Virginia, but he left the university in 1908 to attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. Byrd received an ensign 's commission in 1912 and served on several battleships. On January 20, 1915, he married Marie Donaldson Ames and the couple later had one son and
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