Robert Levi Foard, attorney and soldier, was born in Cecil County, Maryland, on January 18, 1831. He graduated from Princeton College and was admitted to the bar at Elkton, Maryland, in 1852. He moved to Texas the same year and established a practice at Columbus. He married Georgiana Sherrill, probably in 1855, and by 1860 they had two small children, neither of whom lived to adulthood. Foard later adopted his nephew, age four, whom he renamed Robert Levi Foard, Jr. His wife died on September 28, 1886, and Robert, Jr., was killed in 1897. At the outbreak of the Civil War Foard enlisted as a first lieutenant in the Colorado County Militia. He later served with Col. Joseph Bates's Thirteenth Texas Infantry and reached the rank of major on November 11, 1863. This regiment was organized in the fall of 1861 and spent practically the entire war in Texas guarding the coast between Galveston and Matagorda. After the war Foard returned to his law practice; he also raised stock and was a principal moneylender until the establishment of banks in Columbus. In 1891 Foard County was named in his honor at the request of his law partner, Marcus H. Townsend, a member of the Texas Senate. Foard died in Columbus on November 8, 1898.