Thomas Francis Bayard, Jr. (1868 - 1942)

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Birthplace: Wilmington, DE, USA
Death: Died in Wilmington, DE, USA
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About Thomas Francis Bayard, Jr.

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Thomas Francis Bayard, Jr. (June 4, 1868 – July 12, 1942) was an American lawyer and politician from Wilmington, in New Castle County, Delaware. He was a member of the Democratic Party, who served two terms as U.S. Senator from Delaware.

Early life and family

Bayard was born in Wilmington, Delaware, son of U.S. Senator Thomas F. Bayard, Sr., and grandson of U.S. Senator James A. Bayard, Jr. In 1908 he married Elizabeth Bradford du Pont, and they had five children, Elizabeth, Thomas, Ellen, James, and Alexis. They were members of the Episcopal Church.

Bayard graduated from Yale University in 1890, where he was a member of Skull and Bones. He attended Yale Law School and was admitted to the Delaware Bar in 1893. After living in New York City for four years and working as assistant corporation counsel, he returned to his Delaware law practice in 1901. He served as a Chairman of the Delaware Democratic Party's state committee from 1906 to 1916, and as solicitor for the city of Wilmington from 1917 until 1919.

Professional and political career

Bayard was elected to the U.S. Senate in a special election on November 7, 1922, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of U.S. Senator Josiah O. Wolcott. On the same day he was also elected for the full term to follow, in both instances defeating incumbent Republican U.S. Senator T. Coleman du Pont, who had been appointed. During this term, he served in the Democratic minority in the last session of the 67th Congress, and in the 68th, 69th, and 70th Congress.

Bayard lost his bid for a second full term in 1928 to Republican John G. Townsend, Jr., the former Governor. He then lost another bid for a second full term in 1930 to incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Daniel O. Hastings. In all, Bayard served one term and part of another, from November 7, 1922 to March 3, 1929, during the administrations of U.S. Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge. Subsequently, he resumed his law practice in Wilmington.

Death and legacy

Bayard died at Wilmington and is buried there in the Old Swedes Episcopal Church Cemetery. His son, Alexis I. duPont Bayard, served as Lieutenant Governor of Delaware from 1949 to 1953.

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Thomas F. Bayard, Jr., U.S. Senator's Timeline

1868
June 4, 1868
Wilmington, DE, USA
1908
October 4, 1908
Age 40
1911
January 7, 1911
Age 42
Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States
December 31, 1911
Age 43
Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States
1914
August 9, 1914
Age 46
Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States
1916
May 20, 1916
Age 47
Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States
1918
February 11, 1918
Age 49
1942
July 12, 1942
Age 74
Wilmington, DE, USA
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Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States