WARD, Samuel, a Delegate from Rhode Island; born in Newport, R.I., May 27, 1725;
educated privately; settled in Westerly, R.I., in 1745; engaged in agricultural
pursuits; member of the general assembly 1756-1759; one of the founders of
Rhode Island College (now Brown University), Providence, R.I., in 1756; chief
justice of Rhode Island in 1761 and 1762; Governor under the royal charter in
1762, 1763, and 1765-1767; trustee of Brown University 1764-1776; Member of the
Continental Congress 1774-1776; died in Philadelphia, Pa., March 26, 1776;
interment in the churchyard of the First Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pa.;
reinterment in the Old Cemetery, Newport, R.I., in 1860.
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Biographical Introduction, Based Chiefly on the Ward Papers Covering the Period
1725-1776, edited by Bernhard Knollenberg; and Genealogy of the Ward Family:
Thomas Ward, Son of John, of Newport and Some of His Descendants, Compiled by
Clifford P. Monahon. Providence, R.I.: Rhode Island Historical