Julian Vaughan Gary

Vaughan Gary served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat from 1945 to 1965 representing the Third District. Gary served in the House of Delegates from 1926 to 1933 from Richmond. In 1945 Gary distanced himself from the Byrd "machine," stating in the announcement of his candidacy that he would rely on his record of "liberal and progressive leadership in the promotion of the public, civic and social welfare of the State." Gary also advocated elimination of the poll tax. When he faced GOP opposition in 1962, the Republicans talked of Democratic dissatisfaction with Gary's less than conservative record. Conservative Democrats, such as T. Coleman Andrews, criticized Gary's support for Pat Jennings and his willingness to support Kennedy and Johnson policies of federal spending. (Washington Post, February 8, 1945)