President John Kennedy shakes hands with Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W. Va., at American University graduation exercises in Washington, June 10, 1963. The university gave Kennedy an honorary doctor of law degree. Byrd earned his bachelor of laws degree, cum laude, through night school study.
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass., second right, is welcomed by, from left, West Virginia Sens. Robert C. Byrd and Jennings Randolph and State Attorney General and Democratic nominee for governor, W.W. Barron, far right, September 19, 1960.
Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W. Va., repacks his briefcase after keeping the Senate in a round-the clock session with a more than 15-hour speech on Jan. 10, 1964. The 46-year-old foe of the Civil Rights Bill said he made his marathon speech in hope of defeating efforts to cut off debate on the bill, but later apologized for his efforts to defeat the bill.
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, is embraced by Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., at a bookstore in New York, July 26, 2004. Clinton said Byrd was her mentor and that he has been a champion of the U.S. Constitution.