|Name||Garland T. Byrd|
Reynolds, Georgia , United States
|| July 16, 1924
|Died||June 01, 1997
Jan 31, 2015 11:26pm
|Info||Garland Turk Byrd (July 16, 1924 - June 1, 1997) was United States Democratic politician from Georgia, who served as the 4th Lieutenant Governor of Georgia from 1959 to 1963. |
He was born in Reynolds, Georgia (Taylor County). Byrd graduated Reynolds High School in 1941. During World War II he served in the United States Army from October 1942 to October 1945 in engineer combat units. He fought in Normandy, Northern France, Germany and Austria. He was discharged in rank of captain.
Byrd attended University of Georgia from 1946 to 1948, where he was a member of Sigma Chi, and earned LL.B. degree from Emory University School of Law in 1948 in law.
A lifelong farmer and real estate businessman, he served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1947 to 1949 from his home Taylor County. He resigned in order to became Director, assistant director of the state's Veterans Service Department (1949-1952).
Elected Lieutenant Governor in 1958 he served this post from January 13, 1959 to January 15, 1963 under fellow Democrat, Governor Ernest Vandiver.
After he left this post, he was Democratic nominee for U.S. Representative from Georgia's 3rd congressional district in 1964, losing to Republican nominee (and 1966 gubernatorial nominee) Bo Callaway. In 1966 he was a candidate for succeeding Governor Carl E. Sanders in 1966, but lost soundly Democratic primary and finished distant fifth.