The Bill Young Saga: Items the Family Has Yet to Recoup

The death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young set off a fight for custody of some of the Florida Republican's personal effects. While many items have been returned to the Young family, some memorabilia is still not accounted for and in the family's possession. Wall-sized world map: Beverly Young learned while CQ Roll Call was conducting a phone interview with a former Young staffer that Douglas Gregory, a Hill vet turned vice president at Van Scoyoc Associates, had come into possession of a giant map of the world that once hung in Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s Rayburn office. Young's former chief of staff, Harry Glenn, affirmed he’d signed off on passing along the framed image to Gregory — a custom job Gregory had made especially for the boss while serving as chief of staff — to commemorate their time together. Canaveral Port Authority commemorative medallions: These tributes to the maiden voyages of space shuttles Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis; as well as totems celebrating the Skynet satellite and Central Florida’s Seaport, had been prominently displayed in Young’s Rayburn office. Exotic jewelry: According to Beverly Young, she asked her husband to hold on to a pair of 18-karat gold earrings and companion necklace a friend from Ethiopia had once given her. “It creeped me out. And it was big,” she said of the personal items relegated to the Rayburn office for safekeeping. Assorted coins: According to Beverly Young, the lawmaker was an avid numismatist who kept a “big bag of silver coins … worth several thousands of dollars.” Beverly acknowledged moving some coins from the Rayburn office to their condominium in Arlington, Va., a few years back, but insists others simply vanished. Presents from foreign dignitaries: While visiting the St. Petersburg College storage unit, Beverly Young stumbled upon a stately looking box from the King of Jordan, devoid of all its contents. House Appropriations Committee plaque: C.W. Bill Young’s middle son with Beverly, Billy, would love to inherit this piece of political ephemera. “The wooden name sign from his door from the approps committee office when he was full chairman was the only thing I said I wanted that nobody ever found,” he relayed in an email. Portrait displayed at Young’s memorial service: Beverly Young claims she has never again laid eyes on the pricey painting (cost upward of $2,000, per her recollection) she said Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., and Glenn commissioned for the funeral. Correction 2:42 p.m. Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this post misstated from whom CQ Roll Call learned information about a wall-sized world map. CQ Roll Call did not speak with Douglas Gregory. Related: Bill Young’s Family and Staff Inherit a Nightmare The Bill Young Saga: Harry Glenn’s Timeline Bill Young Dies at Age 82 Young's Departure Hastens End of Legislative Era The 114th: CQ Roll Call's Guide to the New Congress Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.
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