George Campbell Peery, a Democratic ally of Harry F. Byrd Sr., served as a member
of the U.S. House of Representatives (1923–1929) and as governor of Virginia (1934–1938). Peery
made his first mark on Virginia's political map and brought a great victory to the
Democratic Party when he wrested
control of Southwest Virginia's "Fighting Ninth" Congressional District from two
decades of Republican occupation. As
Byrd's handpicked choice to replace outgoi. . .
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