Matthias Ward

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Matthias Ward
United States Senator
from Texas
In office
September 27, 1858 – December 5, 1859
Preceded byJames P. Henderson
Succeeded byLouis Wigfall
Member of the Texas Senate from District 1
In office
November 13, 1849 – November 3, 1850
Preceded byWilliam M. "Buckskin" Williams
Succeeded byJoseph H. Burks
Personal details
Born(1805-10-13)October 13, 1805
Elbert County, Georgia
DiedOctober 5, 1861(1861-10-05) (aged 55)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Political partyDemocratic

Matthias Ward (October 13, 1805 – October 5, 1861) was a lawyer and United States Senator from Texas.

Born in Elbert County, Georgia, Ward was raised in Madison County, Alabama. In 1836 he settled in Bowie, Texas, moving to Clarksville, Texas in 1845 and later to Jefferson, Texas.

Ward served in the Congress of the Republic of Texas and later in the state Senate as a Democrat. This was followed by unsuccessful campaigns for lieutenant governor in 1851 and United States Congress in 1855.

Upon J. Pinckney Henderson’s death in 1858, Ward was appointed to replace him in the United States Senate; he failed to secure the nomination to run for the seat in election the next year.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Matthias Ward (id: W000138)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Texas Senate
Preceded by
William M. "Buckskin" Williams
Texas State Senator
from District 1

November 13, 1849 – November 3, 1850
Succeeded by
Joseph H. Burks
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
J. Pinckney Henderson
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Texas
Served alongside: Sam Houston, John Hemphill
Succeeded by
Louis T. Wigfall