Richard Evelyn Byrd

Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888 - 1957)

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Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd
Born in Winchester, Virginiamap
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Died in Boston, Massachusettsmap
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Biography

Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr., USN (25 October 1888 – 11 March 1957) was an American naval officer who specialized in feats of exploration. He was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar logistics.

He was the son of Esther Bolling (Flood) and Richard Evelyn Byrd, Sr. He was a descendant of one of the First Families of Virginia. His ancestors include planter John Rolfe and his wife Pocahontas, William Byrd II of Westover Plantation, who established Richmond, and Robert "King" Carter, a colonial governor. He was the brother of Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, a dominant figure in Virginia Democratic Party between the 1920s and 1960s; their father served as Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates for a time.

Admiral Byrd was married, on 20 January 1915, to the former Marie Donaldson Ames (d. 1974). Byrd died in his sleep on 11 March 1957 of a heart ailment at his Brimmer Street home in the Beacon Hill neighborhood in Boston. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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