Horace Ward

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Horace Ward
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
In office
December 31, 1993 – April 23, 2016
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
In office
December 6, 1979 – December 31, 1993
Appointed by Jimmy Carter
Preceded by new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded by Willis B. Hunt, Jr.
Member of the Georgia State Senate
In office
1965–1974
Personal details
Born Horace Taliaferro Ward
(1927-07-29)July 29, 1927
LaGrange, Georgia
Died April 23, 2016(2016-04-23) (aged 88)
Atlanta, Georgia
Alma mater Morehouse College A.B.
Atlanta University M.A.
Northwestern University School of Law J.D.
Profession Attorney, Judge

Horace Taliaferro Ward (July 29, 1927 – April 23, 2016) was known for his efforts to challenge the racially discriminatory practices at the University of Georgia School of Law and was the first African American to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

Biography[edit]

Ward was born in LaGrange, Georgia. He received an Artium Baccalaureus from Morehouse College in 1949. He received a Master of Arts from Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) in 1950. He received a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law in 1959. He was an Instructor, Arkansas AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) from 1950 to 1951. He was an Instructor, Alabama State College from 1951 to 1953. He was in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955, attaining the rank of Corporal. He was an Instructor, Alabama State College from 1955 to 1956. He was a Claims authorizer, United States Social Security Administration, Chicago, Illinois, from 1959 to 1960. He was in private practice of law in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1960 to 1974. He was a deputy city attorney of Atlanta, Georgia from 1969 to 1970. He was an assistant county attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, from 1970 to 1974. He was a Member, Georgia State Senate from 1965 to 1974. He was a Judge to the Civil Court of Fulton County, Georgia from 1974 to 1977. He was a judge to the Superior Court of Georgia from 1977 to 1979.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Ward served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He was nominated by President Jimmy Carter on November 1, 1979, to a new seat created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 5, 1979, and received his commission on December 6, 1979. He assumed senior status on December 31, 1993, serving in that status until his death.

Personal[edit]

Ward was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Ward died on April 23, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.[1]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
new seat
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
1979–1993
Succeeded by
Willis B. Hunt, Jr.