Thomas B. Ward

Thomas Bayless Ward ( * April 27, 1835 in Marysville, Ohio; † January 1, 1892 in Lafayette, Indiana ) was an American politician. Between 1883 and 1887 he represented the State of Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In May 1836 Thomas Ward came with his parents to Lafayette in the state of Indiana. Later he attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville. This was followed up in 1855 to study at Miami University in Oxford ( Ohio). In the years 1855 and 1856 Ward worked as an administrative officer at the city council in Lafayette. After a subsequent law degree in 1857 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started working in Lafayette in this profession. In the years 1859 and 1860 he was a legal representative of this city, as the mayor, he then served 1861-1865. From 1875 to 1880 was Ward Judge of the Superior Court in Tippecanoe County.

Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1882 he was in the ninth constituency of Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Charles T. Doxey on March 4, 1883. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1887 two legislative sessions. In 1886 he abandoned a bid again.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Thomas Ward practiced again as a lawyer in Lafayette, where he died on 1 January 1892.