Thomas F. Bayard

Thomas Francis Bayard, Sr. ( born October 29, 1828 in Wilmington, Delaware, † September 29, 1898 in Dedham, Massachusetts ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party in the last third of the 19th century. Bayard served as a U.S. Senator for Delaware, Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States in the United Kingdom.

He was a member of an influential family from Delaware. Both his father, James A. Bayard and his son Thomas were senators. He studied law. From 1853 to 1854 he was a prosecutor for Delaware and was from 1854 to 1858 in Philadelphia, in order to practice there. Bayard was then working as a lawyer in Wilmington until 1868 he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Bayard took his seat March 4, 1869 to March 6, 1885 to true. During his time as a senator, he was a member of the Election Committee, which voted as president for the Republican Rutherford B. Hayes in the election for President in 1876. Nevertheless, as a member of the Democratic Party, he agreed in all cases.

U.S. President Grover Cleveland appointed Bayard as Secretary of State during his first term from 1885 to 1889 in his cabinet. When Cleveland was re-elected in 1893 as president, he chose for Bayard another important diplomatic posts: U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain. Bayard was the first person who held this title, formerly they were called only minister ( ambassador ).

Bayard was buried at the Old Swedes Cemetery in Wilmington.