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merchant , army officer

Samuel Ward, Jr. was an ary War soldier and delegate to the secessionist Hartford Convention.


Ward was born in Westerly, Rhode Island on November 17, 1756 as the fifth child of Anne Ray and Samuel Ward, a founding trustee of Brown University, Continental Congress delegate and colonial governor of Rhode Island.


Samuel graduated from Brown University with high honors, in 1771.


Ward was commissioned a captain in the Kings and Kent County militia in 1775 and served in that rank in the regiment under the command of Colonel Varnum when it was mobilized in April 1775. On May 3, 1775 Varnum's Regiment became part of the Army of Observation during the Siege of Boston. Ward volunteered with 250 Rhode Islanders under Christopher Greene to support Benedict Arnold on his expedition to Quebec.

Ward was promoted to a major of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment on January 12, 1777 and was again promoted to lieutenant colonel On May 26, 1778. With the 1st Rhode Island Regiment he fought at the Battle of Red Bank and the Battle of Rhode Island. In 1778 Ward married Phebe Greene, daughter of Governor William Greene.

After the war Ward became a merchant and traveled extensively to trade to Asia and Europe. Ward was elected to the Annapolis Convention (1786). In 1814 Ward was served as a delegate to the Hartford Convention.

Ward died on August 6, 1832 in New York City.


Ward was captured, along with most members of the expedition, on the night of December 31, 1775 and was exchanged sometime in 1776. Ward retired from the Continental Army on January 1, 1781 and became a member of the Society of Cincinnati. He was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1815.


Married Phoebe Greene, March 8, 1778, 10 children in cluding Samuel.

Governor Samuel Ward

Ann (Ray) Ward

Phoebe Greene