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Interview with Robert C. Byrd, April 29, 1971

Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia
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00:00:02 - Experiences with Russell in the U.S. Senate / Russell's character

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Partial Transcript: This is April 29th, 1971; I'm in the Capitol office of U.S. Senator Robert Byrd, a Democrat from West Virginia.

Keywords: Appropriations Committee; Armed Services Committee; Robert E. Lee; Senate Democratic Majority Whip; William Gladstone

00:13:19 - Russell's proxy vote for Byrd as Senate Democratic Majority Whip

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Partial Transcript: Senator Byrd, I would like to ask you--and I would like to say this before I ask you anything, that perhaps this is the best opening statement anyone has made to this point.

Keywords: Herman Eugene Talmadge; Michael Mansfield; Southern bloc

00:22:18 - Russell's death from emphysema

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Partial Transcript: Senator Byrd, one point, I guess, that we haven't touched on in connection with the proxy, and that is that the newspapers reported that you said that without that proxy you would have never tried for the Majority Whip of the Senate.

Keywords: Senate Majority Whip; U.S. Senate; Walter Reed Hospital; proxy vote