The Byrd Organization was a state political
machine headed by Harry F. Byrd
(1887–1966), a Democratic state senator, governor, and United States senator who, for
more than forty years, used his power and influence to dominate the political life of
Virginia. Inheriting an already tight party organization that for decades had
emphasized small government and a limited franchise, Byrd prioritized fiscal
conservatism—a policy he pithily dubbed ". . .
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