Richard D. Obenshain Politician

Richard Dudley (Dick) Obenshain (October 31, 1935 – August 2, 1978) was an attorney in southwest Virginia and rising conservative political leader in the Republican Party of Virginia until his death in the crash of a small airplane. Richard D. Obenshain was the son of Josephine (Dudley) and Samuel S. Obenshain (1904-2000), a professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he grew up. The elder Obenshain was active in Virginia's Republican Party during the era of the Byrd Organization, the Democratic machine of Harry F. Byrd which dominated Virginia's government from his election as Governor in 1925 until the 1966 Democratic Primary when two powerful Byrd incumbents lost and Harry F. Byrd, Jr., barely won his father's seat. Richard graduated from Bridgewater College in Rockingham County, Virginia and was admitted to the Virginia Bar. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1964, was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Attorney General in 1969 and became Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia in 1972. He is credited with leading a period of growth for his party in Virginia.

Personal details

Date of birth
October 31st, 1935
United States of America
Date of death
August 2nd, 1978 at age of 42
Place of death
Chesterfield County Airport
Cause of death
Aviation accident or incident
Places lived
Virginia , United States of America
pop. 8,260,405 (2013)




1. Bridgewater College Colleges/University

Bridgewater College, is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal-arts college located in Bridgewater, Virginia, a town in Rockingham County, Virginia, United States. Established in 1880, Bridgewater College admitted women from the time of its founding and was the first private, co-educational, liberal arts college in Virginia to do so.

Type Private university
2010. 54.7 mil. $
Institution colors
402 East College Street, 22812 - Bridgewater, Virginia
2010. 1,688
2009. 1,590
Acceptance rate
2010. 52.0 %
Local tuition
2010. 25.5 K $
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People attended Bridgewater College connected by profession and/or age

b. 1952., Politician
b. 1933., Judge
b. 1969., Golfer
b. 1928., Coach
b. 1927., Writer
b. 1986., Athlete
b. 1948.

Political engagements

Republican Party

Party founded


Geographic scope

United States of America


Conservatism in the United States
Social conservatism
Economic liberalism


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The Republican Party, also commonly called the GOP, is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States, the other being the Democratic Party. Founded by anti-slavery activists in 1854, it dominated politics nationally for most of the period from 1860 to 1932. There have been 18 Republican presidents, the first being Abraham Lincoln, serving from 1861 to 1865, and the most recent being George W. Bush, serving from 2001 to 2009. The most recent Republican presidential nominee was former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in 2012. The party's platform is generally based upon American conservatism, in contrast to the Democratic Party, which supports contemporary American liberalism. The Republican Party's platform of conservatism traces its roots to classical liberalism with an emphasis on its economically liberal policies in supporting free markets, limited government, and laissez-faire economics, while supporting socially conservative policies. A significant portion of the Republican base is made up of fiscal conservatives and other free market, pro-capitalism factions.

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