Thomas Ward (New Jersey)

Thomas Ward (c. 1759 in Newark, New Jersey; † March 4, 1842 ) was an American politician. Between 1813 and 1817 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Ward attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started working in Newark in this profession. Ward was a member of the state militia, and was involved in 1794 on the suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion. In 1797 he was sheriff in Essex County. Between 1804 and 1812 he acted as a judge in this district. Politically, Ward was a member of the Democratic- Republican Party. In the years 1808 and 1809 he sat in the Legislative Council, the forerunner of the Senate of New Jersey.

In the congressional elections of 1812, Ward became the second seat from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Newbold on March 4, 1813. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1817 two legislative sessions. Until 1815 the work of Parliament was marked by the events of the British -American War. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas Ward retired from federal politics. He devoted himself to his private business, and was an officer in the state militia. At the time of his death, he was a commanding officer in the cavalry of the militia of New Jersey. He died on March 4, 1842 in his birthplace of Newark, where he was also buried.