Thomas F. Bayard, Jr.

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Thomas F. Bayard, Jr.
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United States Senator
from Delaware
In office
November 8, 1922 – March 3, 1929
Preceded by T. Coleman du Pont
Succeeded by John G. Townsend, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1868-06-04)June 4, 1868
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
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Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Bradford du Pont (m. 1908)
Residence Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
Alma mater Yale University
Profession lawyer
Religion Episcopalian

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 Democratic U.S. Senator from Delaware in the 1920s.

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,[1]:29 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 married Elizabeth Bradford du Pont on October 4, 1908.[2]

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 (a cousin of Bayard's wife), 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. du Pont Bayard, served as Lieutenant Governor of Delaware from 1949 to 1953.

He is the namesake of the town of Bayard, West Virginia.[3]


  1. "Obituary Record Of Graduates Of Yale University Deceased During The Year, 1942-1943" (PDF). Yale University. January 1, 1944. Retrieved March 25, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Bayard - du Pont". New York Times. October 4, 1908. Retrieved 2012-11-28. At Rencourt, near Greenville, to-day, Miss Elizabeth B. Du Pont, daughter of Alexis Irene Du Pont and the late Dr. Alexis I. Du Pont, was married to Thomas F. Bayard, son of the late Ambassador Bayard. ...<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Kenny, Hamill (1945). West Virginia Place Names: Their Origin and Meaning, Including the Nomenclature of the Streams and Mountains. Piedmont, WV: The Place Name Press. p. 98.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Public Offices
Office Type Location Began office Ended office notes
U.S. Senator Legislature Washington November 7, 1922 March 3, 1923
U.S. Senator Legislative Washington March 4, 1923 March 3, 1929
United States Congressional service
Dates Congress Chamber Majority President Committees Class/District
1922–1923 67th U.S. Senate Republican Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge
class 1
1923–1925 68th U.S. Senate Republican Calvin Coolidge class 1
1925–1927 69th U.S. Senate Republican Calvin Coolidge class 1
1927–1929 70th U.S. Senate Republican Calvin Coolidge class 1
Election results
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1922 U.S. Senator Special Thomas F. Bayard, Jr. Democratic 36,954 50% T. Coleman du Pont Republican 36,894 50%
1922 U.S. Senator General Thomas F. Bayard, Jr. Democratic 37,304 50% T. Coleman du Pont Republican 36,979 49%
1928 U.S. Senator General Thomas F. Bayard, Jr. Democratic 40,828 39% John G. Townsend, Jr. Republican 63,725 61%
1930 U.S. Senator General Thomas F. Bayard, Jr. Democratic 39,881 45% Daniel O. Hastings Republican 47,909 54%


  • Carter, Richard B. (2001). Clearing New Ground, The Life of John G. Townsend, Jr. Wilmington, Delaware: The Delaware Heritage Press. ISBN 0-924117-20-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Munroe, John A. (1993). History of Delaware. Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press. ISBN 0-87413-493-5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


External links

United States Senate
Preceded by
T. Coleman du Pont
U.S. Senator from Delaware
Succeeded by
John G. Townsend, Jr.