(Born March 10, 1863 MO - Died August 15, 1909 NY)
Original Member of the Society of Colonial Wars, State of Missouri
Visit the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of MO HomepageHugh Campbell Ward died in New York City August 15, 1909. Mr. Ward was born in Westport, Jackson County, Missouri, March 10, 1863. Westport is now a part of Kansas City, and it is here that Mr. Ward made his home throughout his lifetime. His father, Seth E Ward, a Virginian of Colonial antecedents, came West as a pioneer and engaged in the trading business across the plains. His mother was the daughter of John Harris, also a pioneer settler. Hugh Ward spent seven years at William Jewell College at Liberty, Missouri, and later attended Harvard University, from which he was graduated in 1886. He took his legal training at the St. Louis Law School, completing the course in 1888. Mr. Ward entered upon the practice of his profession in Kansas City. He bad a mind especially equipped for the law, and he entered upon his career with eagerness and determination. He had opportunities at the start which not every young lawyer possesses, but these did not diminish his desire for work his ambition to earn success. He took an active interest in the promotion of public and semi-public enterprises, and entered politics. He was elected to the Missouri Legislature in 1893, and served creditably to himself and with satisfaction to his constituents. Here Mr. Ward was a member of important committees, and became noted as a close and hard-working legislator. From 1897 to 1901 he was Police Commissioner of Kansas City and filled the office acceptably. His wealth and social position placed him beyond the temptation of office, nor could politics affect his clear judgment. No rumor of scandal breathed upon his name in office or out, and the critics of municipal affairs regretted his retirement to private life.