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Jasper Delos WARD

(1829-1902)

WARD, Jasper Delos, a Representative from Illinois; born in Java, Wyoming County, N.Y., February 1, 1829; attended Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., in 1849 and 1850; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1852 and commenced practice in Chicago, Ill.; member of the board of aldermen of Chicago in 1855, 1856, 1859, and 1860; during the Civil War enlisted in the Western Engineers Regiment in 1861 and served for about eight months; member of the State senate 1862-1870; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; United States attorney for the northern district of Illinois 1875-1877; moved to Colorado in 1877 and settled in Leadville; appointed by Governor Pitkin as judge of the fifth judicial district of Colorado and served from March 5, 1881, to January 3, 1882, declining to be a candidate for election to the same office; moved to Denver, Colo., and resumed the practice of law; died in Denver, Colo., August 6, 1902; interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

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

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