David Baird (New Jersey)

David Baird senior ( born April 7, 1839 County Londonderry, Ireland, † February 25, 1927 in Camden, New Jersey ) was an American politician ( Republican), who represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.

Born in Northern Ireland David Baird, who was also of Scottish descent, emigrated to the United States in 1856. He was initially based in Port Deposit (Maryland) and worked there in the lumber business; In 1860 he then moved to Camden, New Jersey, where he extended his activities to the banking industry. From 1876 to 1880 he was a member of the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders said, the equivalent of New Jersey for the County Commission, which occupies the function of the legislative body in the county in other states. From 1887 to 1889 he was sheriff in Camden County; this office he held again from 1895-1897. He was also in 1895 and 1901 to 1909 Member of the Board of Assessors of New Jersey.

In 1910 Baird wrote his first application for a seat in the U.S. Senate, but he was defeated by Democrat James Edgar Martine. On February 23, 1918, he was appointed a senator in Washington after the death of William Hughes. On November 5, 1918, he decided the election for himself, and he belonged to the Senate until March 3, 1919; for a further term of office he did not run. He took his business activities in Camden back to where he died in 1927.

His son David was from 1929 to 1930 also U.S. Senator for New Jersey.