Marcus Lawrence Ward

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Marcus L. Ward
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3rd Chair of the Republican National Committee
In office
1866–1868
Preceded by Henry J. Raymond
Succeeded by William Claflin
21st Governor of New Jersey
In office
January 16, 1866 – January 19, 1869
Preceded by Joel Parker
Succeeded by Theodore Fitz Randolph
Personal details
Born (1812-11-09)November 9, 1812
Newark, New Jersey
Died April 25, 1884(1884-04-25) (aged 71)
Newark, New Jersey
Religion Protestant

Marcus Lawrence Ward (November 9, 1812 – April 25, 1884) was an American Republican Party politician, who served as the 21st Governor of New Jersey from 1866 to 1869, and represented the state in Congress for one term, from 1873 to 1875.

Republicans nominated Ward for Governor in 1862, but he lost to Democrat Joel Parker. Ward was nominated again in 1865 and was elected Governor of New Jersey, serving from 1866 to 1869. After a Democratic-controlled legislature had not passed the Thirteenth Amendment, Ward worked with the new Republican-controlled New Jersey Legislature to secure state passage of both the Thirteenth and the Fourteenth Amendment, with its Due Process and Equal Protection clauses. Ward was chosen as a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention and was the chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1866 to 1868.

Ward served a single term in the United States House of Representatives from the newly created New Jersey's 6th congressional district, from 1873-1875.[1]

He died in Newark, New Jersey, and was buried there in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.[1]

There is a memorial plaque dedicated to him in the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden behind the Newark Museum.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joel Parker
Governor of New Jersey
January 16, 1866–January 19, 1869
Succeeded by
Theodore Fitz Randolph
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
New Seat
U.S. House of Representatives
New Jersey's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1873-March 3, 1875
Succeeded by
Frederick Halstead Teese
Party political offices
Preceded by
Charles Smith Olden
Republican Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
1862, 1865
Succeeded by
John Insley Blair
Preceded by
Henry Jarvis Raymond
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
1866–1868
Succeeded by
William Claflin