Samuel Ward was born in Westerly, Rhode Island in 1756, and graduated from Brown University in Providence in 1771. He accompanied Benedict Arnold in the attack on Quebec and was aid-de-camp to General Washington. Ward eventually rose to Lieut. Colonel in the First Rhode Island Regiment. He also became a distinguished merchant, settling first in New York and then East Greenwich, Rhode Island where he died in 1832.
From the description of Samuel Ward collection, 1781-1831. (Mystic Seaport Museum, G W Blunt White Library). WorldCat record id: 54978918
Samuel Ward (1814-1884) was an American lobbyist, financier, author, and adventurer. He was the son of the banker Samuel Ward (1786-1839) and the grandson of Samuel Ward (1756-1832) soldier and merchant. His sister was Julia Ward Howe, author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic". After leaving his father's banking house, Prime, Ward & King, he visited Latin America on behalf of U.S. corporate and government interests. By the end of the U.S. Civil War he was settled in Washington, D.C. where he lobbied the government on behalf of financiers.
From the guide to the Samuel Ward papers, 1647-1912, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)