Artemas Ward

Continental Army general (1727-1800)

Artemas Ward (November 26, 1727 – October 28, 1800) was an American major general in the American Revolutionary War. He was a Congressman from Massachusetts.

Artemas Ward
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts
In office
March 4, 1791 – March 3, 1795
Preceded byGeorge Leonard (7th)
Benjamin Goodhue (2nd)
Succeeded by7th District eliminated until 1795
William Lyman (2nd)
Constituency7th district (1791–93)
2nd district (1793–95)
Personal details
Born(1727-11-26)November 26, 1727
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, US
DiedOctober 28, 1800(1800-10-28) (aged 72)
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, US
Resting placeMountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury
Political partyPro-Administration
Spouse(s)Sarah (Trowbridge) Ward
ChildrenIthamar (1752), Nahum (1754), Sara (1756), Thomas (1758), Martha (1760), Artemas Jr. (1762), Maria (1764), Henry Dana (1768)
OccupationSoldier, politician
Known forRevolutionary War Major General
WebsiteArtemas Ward Museum
Military service
Allegiance Great Britain
 United States
Years of service1755–1758
Commander-in-chief of the Massachusetts Bay colony's militia
Major general of the Continental Army
CommandsBritish Army's 3rd Regiment of the Massachusetts Bay militia—the militia of Middlesex and Worchester Counties
Second-in-command of the Massachusetts Provincial Militia
Continental Army in command of the Eastern Department April 4, 1776 – March 20, 1777
Battles/warsFrench and Indian War
American Revolutionary War
Boston campaign

Ward was the Speaker of the Massachusetts House in 1785. He was elected twice to the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1791 to 1795.

President John Adams called him "universally esteemed, beloved and confided in by his army and his country".

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  Media related to Artemas Ward at Wikimedia Commons

  • United States Congress. "Artemas Ward (id: W000127)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.