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Aaron WARD

(1790-1867)

WARD, Aaron, (uncle of Elijah Ward), a Representative from New York; was born in Sing Sing (now Ossining), N.Y., on July 5, 1790; completed preparatory studies in Mount Pleasant Academy; served in the War of 1812 as lieutenant and captain in the Twenty-ninth Infantry; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice at Sing Sing; district attorney for Westchester County; served in the State militia as colonel, brigadier general, and major general; elected to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1825-March 3, 1829); was not a candidate for reelection; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second, Twenty-third, and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1837); was not a candidate for reelection to the Twenty-fifth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1843); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Twenty-eighth Congress; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1846; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for secretary of state in 1855; trustee of Mount Pleasant Academy; died at the home of his son-in-law in Georgetown, D.C., March 2, 1867; interment in Dale Cemetery, Ossining, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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