Born: December 28, 1847, Newark, New Jersey.
Died: September 28, 1903, Newark, New Jersey.
Buried: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Newark, New Jersey.
Ward was the son of Samuel Cutler Ward, and nephew of Julia Ward Howe.
He studied music under Jan Pychowski and others in New York City, and founded a music store in Newark, New Jersey.
He became organist at Grace Episcopal Church, Newark, in 1880, succeeding Henry Cutler; a brass plaque in his memory was placed on the parish house there in 1934. Ward also founded Newark’s Orpheus Club in 1889.
In the secular world, he is best remembered for his tune Materna, used for the anthem America the Beautiful.