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Continued: Former Va. Sen. Harry Byrd Jr. dies; favored segregation, left Democrats at key turning point

  • Article by: BOB LEWIS , AP Political Writer
  • Last update: July 30, 2013 - 6:52 PM

"I didn't always know what he was talking about, but it got me interested in politics," he said.

He graduated from Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia, served in the Navy in World War II and won a state Senate seat in 1947.

Byrd remained engaged and informed about Virginia public affairs after leaving elective politics through his family's newspapers, said Virginia Supreme Court Justice William C. Mims.

Mims said he was surprised by Byrd's advice before a momentous 2004 vote on a bitterly contested budget-balancing tax increase advanced by then-Gov. Mark R. Warner, a Democrat and now Virginia's senior senator.

"His view was that a tax increase was the last thing that should be considered, but that the responsible position was to, in fact, to consider it, and under those circumstances, he would vote for it," Mims said.

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