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Richard Ward

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Death: August 21, 1763 (74)
Newport, Rhode Island
Place of Burial: Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Ward and Amey Ward
Husband of Mary Ward
Father of Thomas Ward; Mary Flagg; Elizabeth Ward; Amey Vernon (Ward) and Governor Samuel Ward
Half brother of John Jackson Ward I and mary Ward

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About Governor Richard Ward

Richard Ward was born 15 Apr 1689 at Newport, Rhode Island, a son of Thomas Ward and Amy Billings. His father Thomas, from Gloucester, England, served as an officer in one of Cromwell's cavalry regiments during the English Parliamentary Wars. Richard, like his father, also became a merchant.

Richard was named Attorney General of Rhode Island and served 1712-1713. He was a Deputy and Clark of the Rhode Island Colonial Assembly in 1714 and recorder from 1714-1730.

He served as Deputy Governor from May to July 1740, when Governor Wanton died. Richard then served as Governor for three terms from 15 Jul 1740 to May 1743.

Richard was married to Mary Tillinghast. Their son Samuel was also a statesman who served as Governor of Rhode Island. //more

b. April 15, 1689 in Newport, RI d. Aug. 21, 1763 in Newport, RI buried: Common Ground Cemetery, Newport, RI

Some of the Governors of Rhode Island

1741 Richard Ward

1743 William Greene

1745 Gideon Wanton

1745 William Green

1747 Gideon Wanton

1748 William Greene

1755 Stephen Hopkins

1757 William Greene

1758 Stephen Hopkins

1762 Samuel Ward

1763 Stephen Hopkins

1765 Samuel Ward

Richard Ward (15 April 1689 - 21 August 1763) [1] was a governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, serving for one complete term from 1741 to 1742. He was the son of Thomas Ward and Amey Billings of Newport, and grandson of John Ward who had come from Gloucester, England. His father was a merchant who held many positions in the town government, and his grandfather had been an officer in Cromwell's Army who came to the American colonies following the accession of King Charles II of England.[2]

Richard Ward was made a freeman of Newport in 1710, shortly after which he entered public service as Attorney General, and then Deputy and Clerk of the Assembly.[1] He was the General Recorder for the colony from 1714 to 1730. In 1723 he was paid six pounds for attending the trial of a group of pirates who were taken prisoner by Captain Solgar, commander of the British ship Greyhound. Of the 36 pirates taken into captivity, 26 were sentenced to hang, and the execution took place at Newport on 19 July 1723 at a place called Gravelly Point.[1]

In 1726, Ward was one of the four Rhode Island commissioners appointed to meet a group of Connecticut commissioners to settle the boundary line between the two colonies.[1] Ward was the Secretary of State from 1730 to 1733, and in 1740 became the Deputy Governor of the colony. In this capacity he and Samuel Perry were appointed trustees to the Inidan sachem Ninegret. In 1741 he was selected as Governor for a single term.[1]

In 1709 Ward married Mary Tillinghast (1689 - 1767), the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Sayles) Tillinghast, and granddaughter of Pardon Tillinghast who had come from Seven Cliffs, Sussex, England. The couple had 14 children, the ninth of whom was Samuel Ward who would later become a governor of the colony. Richard Ward's older sister Mary married Sion Arnold, a grandson of Governor Benedict Arnold.[1]


  • 1 See also
  • 2 References
         o 2.1 Bibliography
  • 3 External links

See also Flag of Rhode Island.svg Rhode Island portal

   * List of colonial governors of Rhode Island
   * Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations


  1. ^ a b c d e f Austin, 407
  2. ^ Austin, 406


   * Austin, John Osborne (1887). Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island. pp. 406-7. ISBN 9780806300061. 

External links

   * Chronological list of Rhode Island leaders

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Governor Richard Ward's Timeline

April 15, 1689
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
October 24, 1711
Age 22
- 1713
Age 22
Rhode Island
December 16, 1713
Age 24
February 19, 1715
Age 25
February 21, 1717
Age 27
Newport Co., RI
May 25, 1725
Age 36
Newport, RI, USA
May 1740
- July 15, 1740
Age 51
Rhode Island
July 15, 1740
- May 1743
Age 51
Rhode Island