Born in Williamson, West Virginia, Ward graduated from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and received his law degree from West Virginia University College of Law. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Ward was city attorney of Williamson, West Virginia and served as prosecuting attorney and on the board of education for Mingo County, West Virginia. A Democrat, Ward served in the West Virginia State Senate 1971-1983. He died in Atlanta, Georgia.
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