William Ward

Born Jul 24, 1787

William Ward was an English financier, and noted cricketer.

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1787 Birth Born at Highbury Place, Islington, in July 1787, he was the second son of George Ward (died 1829), of Northwood Park, Cowes, a London merchant and large landowner in the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, by his wife Mary (died 1813), daughter of Henry Sampson Woodfall. … Read More


1810 23 Years Old Ward was destined for commerce, and spent some time at Antwerp in a banking-house. On his return his father took him into partnership in 1810.
1811 24 Years Old On 26 April 1811 he married Emily, fifth daughter of Harvey Christian Combe, a London alderman.


1817 30 Years Old In 1817 he was elected a director of the Bank of England, known as an expert on foreign exchanges.
1819 32 Years Old In 1819 he gave evidence before the parliamentary committees on the restrictions on payments in cash by the Bank of England.
1826 39 Years Old On 9 June 1826 he became Member of Parliament in the Tory interest for the City of London, and in 1830 at the request of the Duke of Wellington, he acted as chairman of the committee appointed to investigate the affairs of the East India Company, before the opening of the China trade.


1831 44 Years Old In 1831, discontented at the spirit of reform, he declined to stand for parliament.
1835 48 Years Old In 1835 he presented himself as a candidate, and was defeated by the Whigs; and retired from public life.


1845 58 Years Old …  Ward played until 1845. … Read More


1847 60 Years Old In 1847 Ward published Remarks on the Monetary Legislation of Great Britain (London), in which he condemned the act of 1816 establishing an exclusive gold standard, and called for a bi-metallic currency.
1848 61 Years Old She died on 24 September 1848, leaving four sons—William George Ward, Henry Ward, Matthew Ward, and Arthur Ward—and two daughters. … Read More
1849 62 Years Old Ward died on 30 June 1849 in London at Wyndham Place.
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