Bayard, Thomas Francis

Bayard, Thomas Francis

(bī`ərd), 1828–98, U.S. statesman, b. Wilmington, Del.; son of James Asheton BayardBayard, James Asheton,
1799–1880, U.S. senator from Delaware (1851–64, 1867–69), b. Wilmington, Del.; son of James Asheton Bayard (1767–1815). His Unionist sentiments led him into the new Republican party, but he bitterly opposed the dominant radical
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 (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.

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

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