Byrd Ii, William
March 28, 1674
August 26, 1744
Planter, colonial official, and writer
Portrait: William Byrd II. Reproduced by permission of Archive Photos, ...
The Virginia diarist and government official William Byrd II (1674-1744) revealed much about 18th-century American life in his important, charming, and witty diaries.William Byrd II was the son of Wil...
William Byrd II, the proprietor of Westover plantation in Virginia, left an entertaining and varied body of factual reportage about colonial America during the age of Pope and Swift. Byrd's four trave...
William Byrd II created the most diverse library in colonial America. His collection of belletristic literature was unsurpassed. His collection of law books rivaled that of John Mercer's, generally co...