Byrd, Senator Robert


  • From Sophia, West Virginia. He was born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
  • Served as U.S. Senator from West Virginia for 41 years. He has cast more votes in the Senate than any other Senator in U. S. History.
  • Learned to play the fiddle at age 12. In his early campaigns, he was known as “Fiddlin’ Bob Byrd.”
  • 1978, recorded an album of fiddle tunes for County Records with members of the Country Gentlemen: Doyle Lawson, James Bailey and Spider Gilliam.
  • Passed away on June 28, 2010.