Born: De­cem­ber 28, 1847, New­ark, New Jer­sey.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 28, 1903, New­ark, New Jer­sey.

Buried: Mount Plea­sant Cem­e­te­ry, Newa­rk, New Jer­sey.

Ward stu­died mu­sic under Jan Py­chow­ski and others in New York Ci­ty, and found­ed a mu­sic store in New­ark. He be­came or­gan­ist at Grace Epis­co­pal Church, New­ark, in 1880, suc­ceed­ing Hen­ry Cut­ler; a brass plaque in his mem­o­ry was placed on the par­ish house there in 1934. Ward al­so founded New­ark’s Or­phe­us Club in 1889. In the sec­u­lar world, he is best re­mem­bered for his tune “Materna,” used for the an­them Amer­i­ca the Beau­ti­ful.



  1. Materna