Gardner Lloyd Boothe was a Democratic Party leader in Alexandria for more than fifty years. Boothe became city attorney in 1897
and five years later was elected a member of the party's State Central Committee.
That same year he was selected chairman of the Eighth District Committee, a position
he held until 1952. Boothe aligned himself with the state's conservative
establishment, backing stalwarts Harry F. Byrd Sr. and Howard W. Smith for decades. A member of the state's old guard, he
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