"I don't believe we will see another icon of this magnitude in the Senate in our lifetime.
"We both graduated from law school in 1963. He graduated magna cum laude. We were both night students," Stewart said.
Both graduated from American University's Washington College of Law.
Attorney General Darrell McGraw, said, "Senator Byrd was obviously a very effective person who did a great deal for West Virginia, especially in economic development and infrastructure financing.
"He was a man who could play the system like a fiddle. I first met him when I was a little child at John McGraw School in McGraw, West Virginia."
Former Gov. Bob Wise said he has been thinking about Byrd's education legacy this week.
"What an example he is of the transformative power of education. He took himself from a small community in West Virginia to becoming one of the most powerful individuals in the republic.
"He always took advantage of education whenever he could and tried to make sure everyone else had equal educational opportunities," said Wise, now president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, based in Washington, D.C.
Ann Adler, who served as Byrd's press secretary, was happy the memorial service included "Amazing Grace."
"I imagined him singing along with that. It totally captured him," said Adler, now deputy chief of staff at the House Natural Resources Committee.
Mark Ferrell, a Byrd spokesman, said, "Words really mattered to Senator Byrd. He was a real lover of words. If he had been here today, he would probably have told me, if anyone used bad grammar, what their errors were.
"There was a lot of talk today about Byrd being a self-made man, but that is only half true.
"West Virginia also helped make him," Ferrell said, "and he reflected the best qualities of West Virginia -- he was tenacious, proud, fair and, sometimes, stubborn."
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