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WARD, Samuel [1786-1839] -- American banker

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He was b. at Newport, R. I., May 1, 1786; in 1790 removed to N. Y.; at 14 he became a clerk in the banking house of which he was afterwards the head; 1808 he was taken into partnership with Nathaniel Prime, and the firm of Prime, Ward & King became widely known as enterprising bankers; in 1828 he lent an active hand in behalf of the N. Y. Hist. Soc., and in 1830 to the founding of the N. Y. University, and at a later day entered warmly into various temperance, mission, tract and other beneficent movements; in the commercial crisis of 1836-7, he was particularly active in supporting the commercial credit of the city, in 1838 he aided in founding the Bank of Commerce, of which he was afterward president; d. Nov. 27, 1839. [Griswold's Biog. Annual 1841, 266; Hunt's Lives of Am. Merchants, i, 295.]  -30-
 

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