Porter Hardy, Jr.

Porter Hardy, Jr., served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1969. Hardy represented the Second District as a Democrat, holding the seat longer than any previous representative from that district. Hardy moved to Norfolk County (Chesapeake) and managed a large farm. In the 1960s he sold large tracts of land for home site development. Hardy was an independent-minded Democrat who worked his seniority on the Armed Services Committee to bring federal military funds and installations into his district. While Hardy cultivated ties with the Byrd Organization, he maintained considerable distance from massive resistance.