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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesNew Jersey

Thomas WARD

(17591842)

WARD, Thomas, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Newark, N.J., about 1759; completed preparatory studies; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Newark, N.J.; served as captain and major during the Whisky Insurrection in 1794; sheriff of Essex County, N.J., in 1797; elected one of the judges of the Essex County Court in 1804 and reelected in 1809; member of the legislative council in 1808 and 1809; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congresses (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1817); was senior officer of the New Jersey Cavalry at the time of his death in Newark, N.J., March 4, 1842; interment in the churchyard of the First Presbyterian Church.

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

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