13 Facts About Artemas Ward


Artemas Ward was an American major general in the American Revolutionary War and a Congressman from Massachusetts.

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Artemas Ward was born at Shrewsbury in the Province of Massachusetts Bay in 1727 to Nahum Ward and Martha Ward.

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Artemas Ward's father had broad and successful career interests as a sea captain, merchant, land developer, farmer, lawyer and jurist.

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Artemas Ward graduated from Harvard in 1748 and taught there briefly.

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Between 1755 and 1757 Artemas Ward was called to active duty at intervals that alternated with his attendance at the General Court.

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In 1755 the Massachusetts militia was restructured for the war; Artemas Ward was made a major in the 3rd Regiment which drew its company mainly from Worcester County.

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At first Artemas Ward directed his forces from his sickbed, later moving his headquarters to Cambridge.

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Artemas Ward was continuously elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1779 through 1785, leading it as Speaker in 1785.

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Artemas Ward was appointed a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1780 and 1781, and from 1791 to 1795 was elected twice to the United States House of Representatives.

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Artemas Ward died at his home in Shrewsbury on October 28,1800 and was buried with Sarah in the town's Mountain View Cemetery.

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The home is known as the Artemas Ward House and is a museum preserved by Harvard University.

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Artemas Ward Circle is a traffic circle at the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues in Northwest Washington, DC The land on three sides of Artemas Ward Circle is owned by American University.

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Great-grandson of Artemas Ward gave over four million dollars to Harvard University on the condition that they erect a statue in honor of Artemas Ward, and maintain his home in Shrewsbury.

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