Prominent resident of Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
Served in the Pennsylvania militia during the Revolutionary War. Justice of the peace and of the Franklin County court of common pleas (1786). Delegate to the Pennsylvania convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution (1787); opposed ratification.
Son of Bernard Bard of York County, Pennsylvania. Married Catharine Poe; nine children.
First letter in correspondence: June 20, 1788; William Henry Egle, “The Federal Constitution of 1787: Sketches of the Members of the Pennsylvania Convention,” PMHB, x (1886), 452-3; Minutes of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania (16 vols., Harrisburg, 1852-53), xiv, 657.