Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Beard attended Assumption Elementary School and Hope High School, Providence, where he completed high school as well as a college-level course in agriculture. He worked as a painter. He served in the Rhode Island National Guard from 1960 to 1966. He served as member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1972 to 1974. In 1976, Beard was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Beard was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1975-January 3, 1981). His bid for re-election to the Ninety-seventh Congress in 1980 was unsuccessful. He owned and operated a tavern. He hosted a short lived radio talk show after leaving office. He served as director of elderly affairs for the City of Providence, Rhode Island from 1986 to 2002 and was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination to the One Hundred and Second Congress in 1990.
He is a resident of Providence, Rhode Island.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district
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