Member Biography

Thomas Harlan Baird 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1811-1812       19 Democratic-Republican
1812-1813       19 Democratic-Republican
1813-1814       19 Democratic-Republican
1814-1815       19 Democratic-Republican


11/15/1787 - 11/22/1866

Thomas Harlan Baird (Democratic-Republican19) Allegheny, Beaver and Butler Counties 1811-1815 

Early Life:

Thomas Harlan Baird, born November 15, 1788, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; son of Doctor Absalom and Susanna Brown Baird; Latin school, Brooke County, West Virginia; unsuccessful campaign, Burgess, Pittsburgh Borough, 1803; unsuccessful campaign, Commissioner, Alleghany County, 1806; elected, Republican, Commissioner, Alleghany County, 1808; studied law, with Joseph Pentecost, admitted, Washington County Bar, 1808; captain, United States Army, War of 1812; appointed, commissioned, president, judge of Washington, Fayette, Greene, Somerset Counties, 1818-1838; unsuccessful campaign, Commissioner, Allegheny County, 1820; married, Nancy McCullough, children, Ellen B., Sarah A. Baird, Harriet N. Baird, Mary Baird, Nancy Baird; died, March 26, 1866, West Fallowfield Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; interment, Rocky Glen Cemetery, Adamsville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.   

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Captain, Captain Keim Company, 1st Pennsylvania Militia Infantry, War of 1812, 1814; Director, stockholder, Washington Steam-mill and Manufacturing Company, 1814; elected, presidency, board of directors, Bank of Washington, 1818, contractor, National Road, Chartiers Valley Railroad, Washington and Williamsport Turnpike Road, Washington and Pittsburgh Turnpike Road. Involved, Washington and Pittsburgh Turnpike, 1843. 

Pennsylvania Politics: 

Unsuccessful campaign, Burgess, Pittsburgh Borough, 1803.

Unsuccessful campaign, Commissioner, Alleghany County, 1806.

Elected, Republican, Commissioner, Alleghany County, 1808.

Elected, Democratic-Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 19th district, Allegheny, Beaver and Butler Counties, 1811-1815.

Appointed, commissioned, president, judge of Washington, Fayette, Greene, Somerset Counties, 1818-1838.

Unsuccessful campaign, Commissioner, Allegheny County, 1820.


Father, Doctor Absalom Baird Pennsylvania State Senator, Allegheny and Washington Counties, 1794-1796.

Absalom Baird  - Pennsylvania Senate Library (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members B"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

 A New Nation Votes (

Thomas Baird (1788-1866) - Find a Grave Memorial