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Aaron Ward (representative)

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Aaron Ward
Aaron Ward, Major General of the New York Militia and Member of Congress.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1829
Preceded byJoel Frost
Succeeded byHenry B. Cowles
In office
March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1837
Preceded byHenry B. Cowles
Succeeded byGouverneur Kemble
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byGouverneur Kemble
Succeeded byWilliam B. Maclay
Personal details
BornJuly 5, 1790
Sing, Sing, New York, U.S.
DiedMarch 2, 1867 (aged 76)
Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)
Political partyDemocratic

Aaron Ward (July 5, 1790 – March 2, 1867) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.

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He was born in Sing Sing,[1] Westchester County, New York the son of Moses Ward. He completed preparatory studies in Mount Pleasant Academy, and then studied law. At the beginning of the War of 1812 he was commissioned a lieutenant in the 29th Regiment of Infantry, and in 1814 commissioned a captain. Afterwards he continued to serve in the State Militia, and in 1830 he was promoted to major general. After the war, he resumed his legal studies in Oxford, New York, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Sing Sing.

He was District Attorney of Westchester County from 1819 to 1822. On January 19, 1820, he married Mary L. Watson (1797–1853, daughter of Elkanah Watson).[2]

Ward was elected as an Adams man to the 19th and 20th; as a Jacksonian to the 22nd, 23rd and 24th; and as a Democrat to the 27th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1825, to March 3, 1829; from March 4, 1831 to March 3, 1837; and from March 4, 1841 to March 3, 1843.

He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1846. In 1855, Ward ran on the Hard ticket for Secretary of State of New York, but was defeated by Joel T. Headley.

Ward was the first President of Dale Cemetery in Ossining[3] and a trustee of Mount Pleasant Academy. He died in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. and was buried at Dale Cemetery.

Ward's daughter Virginia Gadsby Ward was married to George Adlington Brandreth, and they were the parents of four daughters. Their grandchildren included photographer Yvette Borup Andrews.[4]

Ward's daughter Josephine A. Ward (d. 1906) was the second wife of Senator John Renshaw Thomson (1800–1862), and in 1878 became the second wife of Maryland Governor Thomas Swann.

Congressman Elijah Ward was his cousin.


  1. ^ The name of the Village of Sing Sing was changed to Ossining in 1901, the Town of Ossinsing was created in 1845 and renamed Ossining the next year
  2. ^ The Plough Boy (edition of February 5, 1820) [gives middle name "Lucy"]
  3. ^ Ward, George Kemp (1910). Andrew Warde and His Descendants, 1597-1910. New York, NY: A.T. De La Mare Printing and Publishing. pp. 245. Retrieved 9 June 2009. dale cemetery ossining.
  4. ^ Lydia Pyne, "Yvette Borup Andrews: Photographing Central Asia", The Public Domain Review (January 10, 2018).


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joel Frost
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Henry B. Cowles
Preceded by
Henry B. Cowles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Gouverneur Kemble
Preceded by
Gouverneur Kemble
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
William B. Maclay
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