Samuel Augustus Ward

Samuel Augustus Ward 1847-1903

Samuel A Ward

Samuel A Ward

Born: De­cem­ber 28, 1847, New­ark, New Jer­sey.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 28, 1903, New­ark, New Jer­sey.

Buried: Mount Plea­sant Cem­e­te­ry, Newa­rk, New Jer­sey.

Ward stu­died mu­sic un­der Jan Py­chow­ski and others in New York Ci­ty, and found­ed a mu­sic store in New­ark. 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.


  • Erickson, p. 417
  • Nutter, p. 467
  • Scherr, pp. 39-55



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