WARD, Marcus Lawrence (1812-1884)

WARD, MARCUS LAWRENCE, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Newark, N.J., November 9, 1812; received a limited schooling; engaged in candle manufacturing; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860 and 1864; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of New Jersey in 1862; elected Governor in 1865 and served from January 16, 1866, to January 18, 1869; was chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1866; elected as a Republican to the Forty-third Congress (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress; died in Newark, N.J., April 25, 1884; interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

New Jersey Historical Society
Newark, NJ
Papers: ca. 1683-1900, 45 boxes.
The papers of Marcus L. Ward contain correspondence, letter books, speeches, and financial records documenting Ward's business and political life, as well as his lifelong devotion to philanthropy, the cause of reform, and the patronage of artists. Includes papers, ca. 1683-1817, and genealogical notes pertaining to the Ward family; commonplace book of Anna Eliza Bruen, ca. 1823-1824; extensive correspondence with Nicholas Longworth (1782-1863), the Cincinnati horticulturalist and winegrower, between 1841 and 1863; and records of the Montclair Railway Association, 1867-1876, primarily general correspondence of its president, Julius H. Pratt, and of its general superintendent, Henry C. Spaulding. Included in the collection is a letter from Ward's wife Susan and is dated January 25, 1848. Contains letters from the following individuals: William W. Belknap, Joseph P. Bradley, Simon Cameron, Alexander G. Cattell, Horace Greeley, John Hay, Sanford B. Hunt, Anthony Q. Keasbey, William A. Richardson, John Sherman, and Henry Curtis Spaulding. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Boggs Family Papers, 1737-1950, 5 linear feet.
Persons represented include Marcus L. Ward.

Papers: In the Edwin A. Ely Autograph Collection, ca. 1663-1890, 250 items.
Persons represented include Marcus L. Ward.

Papers: In the Newark Library Association (N.J.) Records, 1789-1914, 9 feet.
Includes letters of Marcus L. Ward.

Papers: In the Peter D. Vroom Papers, 1783-1891, 20 linear feet.
Persons represented include Marcus L. Ward.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: December 6, 1869. 1 letter.
Finding aid in repository.


Rutgers University
Department of Special Collections and Archives, Alexander Library
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: ca. 1750-1925, 6 boxes.
The papers of Marcus Ward contain personal correspondence, business papers, accounts, and estate records (1831-1884 and undated); correspondence (1866-1868) as governor of New Jersey; papers relating to Republican National Convention of 1864 in Baltimore, Md., including draft of nominating speech for Abraham Lincoln; correspondence and other papers (1850-1883 and undated) relating to veterans' affairs; papers (1839-1915) of Moses, Lydia L., and Marcus Ward, Jr.; miscellany (1750, 1832-1910, and undated); clippings (1850-1907 and undated); and printed matter (1840-1925 and undated).


Yale University
Western Americana Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New Haven, CT
Papers: 1863-1864, 3 items.
Marcus L. Ward letters to Capt. Henry Guyer.

  • Union Party. New Jersey. Executive Committee. Marcus L. Ward, "the soldiers friend." Let all who love truth, honor & goodness, please read carefully. Paterson, N.J.: Printed by Chiswell & Wurts, 1865.
  • Ward, Marcus Lawrence. Tariff for protection to American industry. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1875.