Date of Award
Master of Arts
W. Harrison Daniel
Robert Whitehead represented Nelson County in the Virginia General Assembly from 1942 until his death in 1960. He was widely recognized as the leading opponent to the dominant "Byrd Organization" in the state legislature. In this capacity, he often acted as a one-man party in opposition to the organization's financial, political, educational and public services policies. A gifted orator and financial expert, Whitehead was often mentioned as a potential candidate for governor although he was never able to commit himself to a state-wide race.
This thesis examines the political career of Robert Whitehead and evaluates his role in Virginia politics, particularly from 1948-1960.
Obrochta, William Baldwin, "The political career of Robert Whitehead" (1985). Master's Theses. 759.