Thomas R. Bard (December 8, 1841-March 5, 1915) was a political leader in California, assisting in the organization of Ventura County and representing the state in the United States Senate from 1900 to 1905. He is known as the "Father of Port Hueneme" for his efforts in building and expanding the city. Through his efforts, the first and only deep water port in the area was built.
He was also a very successful business man, and held profitable interests in several oil companies.
He is the topic of a book entitled Land, Oil, and Politics. Most famous for his time served on the US senate in the early 1900's, he was also a loving and devoted family man.
Preceded by: Stephen M. White U.S. Senator (Class 1) from California 1900-1905; Succeeded by: Frank P. Flint