Pros Outweighed Cons

Editor, News-Register:

An open letter to the trustees of Bethany College:


1937 — valedictorian of high school class.

1946 — elected to the WV House of Delegates.

1950 — elected to WV Senate.

1952 — elected to U.S. House of Representatives.

1958 — elected to U.S. Senate (re-elected eight times).

1960 — appointed to Senate Appropriations Committee.

1963 — graduated cum laude from American College of Law with Juris Doctorate degree.

1967 — appointed secretary of Senate Democratic Caucus.

1969 — started Scholastic Recognition Award, which honors the valedictorian at every WV high school (public and private) each year with a U.S. savings bond.

1971 — appointed U.S. Senate majority whip.

1977 — appointed U.S. Senate majority leader.

1989 — began writing a four-volume history of the U.S. Senate; four additional books followed.

1994 — graduated summa cum laude from Marshall University with B.A. degree in political science.

2006 — became the longest-serving senator in WV history.

Had a 97% attendance record in his 50+ years in the U.S. Senate.

Carried a copy of the U.S. Constitution with him at all times.

Procured BILLIONS in federal aid for WV, which helped build hospitals, schools, dams and roads .

Served as an advocate for the working class by helping to ensure employment and educational opportunities for the people of WV.

Over 50 buildings, facilities, programs and roads are named in honor of Byrd or his wife, Erma in gratitude for the funds he helped direct to them.


Was a member of the KKK in the 1940s which he later regretted and PUBLICLY APOLOGIZED FOR.

As Sgt. Joe Friday used to say, “Just the facts, ma’am.”

Susan E. Smith



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