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Encyclopedia > Samuel Ward

Samuel Ward (May 25, 1725March 26, 1776) was an American farmer, shop keeper, and statesman from Westerly, Rhode Island. He served as a colonial Governor of Rhode Island and later as a delegate to the Continental Congress. is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events February 8 - Catherine I became empress of Russia February 20 - The first reported case of white men scalping Native Americans takes place in New Hampshire colony. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see 1776 (disambiguation). ... Image:RI towns Westerly. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... The Continental Congress was the first national government of the United States. ...


Samuel was born in Newport, Rhode Island in 1725 to Richard Ward and his wife, Mary Tillinghast Ward, Sabbatarians who observed Saturday as the Sabbath. Richard was a merchant in Newport, and served as the colonial governor of Rhode Island in 1741 and 1742. Very little is known of Samuel's early life and education. In 1745 he married Anna Ray and the couple settled in Westerly where Ward took up farming and opened a store. Newport, Rhode Island Newport is a city in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States, about 30 miles (48 km) south of Providence. ... // Events April 10 - Austrian army attack troops of Frederick the Great at Mollwitz August 10 - Raja of Travancore defeats Dutch East India Company naval expedition at Battle of Colachel December 19 - Vitus Bering dies in his expedition east of Siberia December 25 - Anders Celsius develops his own thermometer scale Celsius... // Events January 24 - Charles VII Albert becomes Holy Roman Emperor. ... // Events May 11 - War of Austrian Succession: Battle of Fontenoy - At Fontenoy, French forces defeat an Anglo-Dutch-Hanoverian army including the Black Watch June 4 – Frederick the Great destroys Austrian army at Hohenfriedberg August 19 - Beginning of the 45 Jacobite Rising at Glenfinnan September 12 - Francis I is elected...


Ward began his public career when he was elected to the colony's General Assembly in 1756, and he served there until 1758. Between 1758 and 1761 he made three unsuccessful attempts to be elected governor. In 1761 the Assembly named him to the office of Chief Justice in Rhode Island's superior court. He served only a year before being elected Governor in 1762. He served additional terms as governor in 1765-66. He was also the only colonial governor who refused the oath to enforce the Stamp Act. 1756 was a leap year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1761 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... 1762 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Year 1765 (MDCCLXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... 1766 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... The Stamp Act of 1765 (short title Duties in American Colonies Act 1765; 5 George III, c. ...


In 1774, Rhode Island sent Ward to the Continental Congress. He served on several important committees, including the Committee on Secrets and frequently sat in the chair when the Congress met as a committee of the whole. While at the Congress Ward contracted smallpox and died in Philadelphia three months before he would have signed the Declaration of Independence. He was originally buried in Philadelphia but, in 1860, he was reinterred in the Old Cemetery in Newport, Rhode Island. Chesma Column in Tsarskoe Selo, commemorating the end of the Russo-Turkish War. ... Smallpox (also known by the Latin names Variola or Variola vera) is a contagious disease unique to humans. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ...


Samuel and Anna had eleven children. Their second son Samuel Ward, Jr. served as a Lt. Colonel in the Continental Army. Their great-granddaughter was Julia Ward Howe who composed the "Battle Hymn of the Republic". Ward was also one of those who joined together to found the College of Rhode Island (now Brown University) which he served as a trustee from 1764 until his death. Illustration depicting uniforms and weapons used during the 1779 to 1783 period of the American Revolution by showing four soldiers standing in an informal group General George Washington, was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army on June 15, 1775. ... Julia Ward Howe Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 – October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet. ... The Battle Hymn of the Republic is a patriotic anthem written by Julia Ward Howe for the United States during the American Civil War as a replacement for the words to the marching song John Browns Body. ... Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... 1764 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


Governor Sam Ward was twice descended (in both his maternal and paternal lines) from Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island. For other persons named Roger Williams, see Roger Williams (disambiguation). ...


In the early 20th Century, the Town of Westerly, RI, honored Gov. Ward's memory by dedicating it's new, state of the art, high school for him. The road that formerly fronted the main building of the current high school campus was also named for his family, Ward Avenue. The large Georgian-style building has served the town's students faithfully since 1939 and is currently part of a larger high school campus formed in 2005. The school is made up of two buildings, the Ward Building and Babcock Hall (the former junior high school, built at the same time.) In the late 20th Century, following the path of other school districts, Ward High School was officially renamed Westerly High School, keeping its letters, WHS. But, in keeping with the spirit of the original dedication, the high school's main auditorium was given the former governor's name and a large brass plaque now greets visitors at the space's public entry.


External links

  • Biographic sketch at U.S. Congress website
  • The Library of Congress American Memory Collection, Letters of the Delegates to Congress - Volumes 1-3 contain his letters to his children and the diaries he kept of events at the Congress; these tell Ward's story poignantly.
  • [1] - online location of the Gov. Samuel Ward High School's history, compiled by its students.

 
 

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