Joseph D. Ward

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Joseph D. Ward
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22nd Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
In office
January 20, 1959 – January 1961
Preceded by J. Henry Goguen
Succeeded by Kevin H. White
Member of the
Massachusetts Senate
3rd Worcester District[1]
In office
1963[1] – 1973
Preceded by Elizabeth Ann Stanton
Succeeded by Robert A. Hall
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives[1]
13th Worcester District
In office
1949[1] – 1956[1]
Personal details
Born March 26, 1914[2]
Fitchburg, Massachusetts[1]
Died May 10, 2003(2003-05-10) (aged 89)
Ocean Ridge, Florida
Political party Democratic Party[1]
Residence Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Ocean Ridge, Florida
Alma mater College of the Holy Cross[2]
Boston University School of Law[2]
Profession Lawyer[2]

Joseph D. Ward (March 26, 1914 – May 10, 2003) was an American politician who served as Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth from January 1959 to January 1961.

Ward was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1948, representing the 13th Worcester District. He was the Democratic nominee for Massachusetts Attorney General in 1958, but lost to George Fingold[3] Ward was appointed Secretary of the Commonwealth following the death of Edward J. Cronin. In 1960, Ward ran for Governor of Massachusetts. He defeated Endicott Peabody, Francis E. Kelly, Robert F. Murphy, John Francis Kennedy, Gabriel Piemonte, and Alfred Magaletta in the primary, but lost to John A. Volpe in the general election. He was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1962 and remained there until his retirement from politics in 1972.[3]

Ward also spent 12 years as a professor of political law at Boston University.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Pidgeon, Norman L. (1971), 1971–1972 Public officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, p. 76. 
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Political offices
Preceded by
J. Henry Goguen
22nd Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
January 20, 1959 – January 1961
Succeeded by
Kevin H. White
Party political offices
Preceded by
Foster Furcolo
Massachusetts Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate
1960 (lost)
Succeeded by
Endicott Peabody