WARD, Samuel [1814-1884] -- American statesman, lobbyist and author
He was born in New York city, Jan. 27, 1814; son of ¤Samuel Ward [1786-1839] and Julia Cutler; grandson of ¤Col. Samuel Ward [1756-1832] and Phoebe Greene, and of Benjamin Clarke and Sarah (Mitchell) Cutler; great-grandson of ¤Gov. Samuel Ward [1725-75] and Anne Ray and of ?Gov. William Greene and Catharine Ray, and a descendant (maternally) from John Demermaker, who came from Holland to Massachusetts and changed his name to Cutler. His father was a founder of the University of the City of New York, and treasurer of its council, 1831-39, and president of the City Temperance society.
He attended Round Hill school, Northampton, Mass., and was graduated from Columbia college, New York, A.B., 1831, A.M., 1834. He traveled and studied abroad, becoming proficient in the German, Spanish and French languages, and in 1835 became a partner in his father's banking house in New York city. In 1848 he went to California, where he mastered the dialects of the Indian tribes, and in 1854 visited Mexico.
He was secretary of a government expedition to Paraguay in 1858; was sent on a diplomatic mission to Nicaragua in 1862, and on his return in 1863, settled in Washington, D.C., dividing his time between that place and England.
He was the original of Francis Marion Crawford's (q.v.) Mr. Bellingham in "Dr. Claudius." The honorary degree of Ph.D. was conferred on him by Tübingen.
He was twice married: first, in 1835, to a daughter of William B. and Margaret R. (Livingston) Astor of New York city; and secondly, in 1843, to Medora, daughter of John R. and Suzette Grymes of New Orleans, La.
He is the author of: "Lyrical Recreations" (1865).
He died in Pegli, Italy, May. 19, 1884.