Sen. Robert C. Byrd's new memoir reveals both his encyclopedic knowledge of political history and the unlikely inspiration that helped launch his own political career: A Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan.
Here's another article on the book, this one mentioning some things he omits. "Byrd's GOP opponent uncovered a letter Byrd had handwritten to Green, the KKK Imperial Wizard, recommending a friend as a Kleagle and urging promotion of the Klan throughout the country. The letter was dated 1946 -- long after the time Byrd claimed he had lost interest in the Klan. "The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia," Byrd wrote, according to newspaper accounts of that period. Byrd makes no mention of the letter in his new book."
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I'm pretty sure 1946 was the year Byrd first ran for office (state senate, maybe?), or at least the first year he actually won an election. I've always heard he joined the Klan in order to win that election, and then quit shortly afterward. So it appears from that article that he was either lying or mistaken when he claimed that he was a member only from 1942-43, but the account doesn't really differ from other reports I've seen over the years.
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