Bayard, Thomas Francis

Bayard, Thomas Francis bīˈərd [key], 1828–98, U.S. statesman, b. Wilmington, Del.; son of James Asheton Bayard (1799–1880). He began his law practice at Wilmington (1851). An active Democrat, Bayard was elected U.S. senator (1869) to succeed his father and was reelected in 1875 and 1881. He was (1885–89) secretary of state during Cleveland's first administration. Bayard was much concerned with Anglo-American relations. He served (1883–87) as ambassador to Great Britain during Cleveland's second term.

See study by C. C. Tansill (1940, repr. 1969).

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