Matthias Ward 1805 - 1861

Matthias Ward  1805 - 1861

Son of Matthias Ward and Elizabeth Salmons

TEXAS AND NATIONAL CONGRESMAN, WAS BORN IN ELBERT COUNTY, GEORGIA,
OCTOBER 13, 1805. REARED AND EDUCATED IN ALABAMA, HE TAUGHT SCHOOL TWO YEARS AND STUDIED LAW BEFORE COMING TO TEXAS IN 1836. SETTLING IN BOWIE COUNTY, HE ENGAGED IN TRADING; AND IN 1842-44, HE REPRESNETED HIS COUNTY IN THE HOUSE OF THE SEVENTH AND EIGHTH CONGRESSES. A MEMBER OF THE MASONIC LODGE, WARD WAS AT THIS PERIOD (1843) ELECTED GRAND SWORD BEARER OF THE GRAND LODGE AT HOUSTON. AFTER ANNEXATION. WARD SERVED ONE TERM IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE, REPRESENTING BOWIE, CASS, AND TITUS COUNTIES IN
THE SENATE OF THE THIRD, 1849-50. HE WAS A DELEGATE TO THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION AT BALTIMORE IN 1852, AND AT CINCINNATI IN 1856. AT THE DEMOCRATIC STATE CONVENTION AT AUSTIN, IN 1856, HE SERVED AS PRESIDENT. UPON THE DEATH OF JAMES PINCKNEY HENDERSON, WARD WAS APPOINTED TO FILL THE VACANCY IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE, SERVING FROM SEPTEMBER 27, 1858, TO DECEMBER 5, 1859. TWO YEARS LATER, ON OCTOBER 5, 1861, SENATOR WARD DIED AT WARM SPRINGS, NEAR RALEIGH, NC. HE WAS BURIED
IN THE OLD CITY CEMETERY, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE.-----SEE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF THE AMERICAN CONGRESS, 1774=1927, 1666; MORNING STAR, FEBRUARY 28, 1843; RED-LAND EXPRESS, NOVEMBER 15, 1861; HOUSE JOURNALS OF THE SEVENTH AND EIGHTH CONGRESSES; SENATE JOURNAL OF THE THIRD LEGISLATURE.

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