Byrd served for 10 years in the Virginia Senate, for four years as governor, and for 32 years he represented the commonwealth in the U.S. Senate.
"Edgar Allan Poe," began historian Kevin J. Hayes, without even pausing to admit that anybody else could be considered for the honor, "is the most influential Virginian of the 19th century."
Participants in the survey produced a virtual tie for most influential Virginian of the 18th century, nominating James Madison and Thomas Jefferson in the greatest or most influential categories in almost equal numbers.
John Rolfe topped the list of people whom participants identified as the most influential person in 17th century Virginia.
This book is a must-read for students, history buffs and all proud Virginians.
Calais - Powered by Thomson Reuters