Richard D. Obenshain


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. A record number of Republicans were elected to seats in the Virginia  ( Wikipedia article )


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Richard Obenshain
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Bridgewater College


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Cause of death
Air disaster

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