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Ward, Samuel Ringgold

in American National Biography Online


Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697

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abolitionist and newspaper editor, was born on the eastern shore of Maryland, the son of William Ward and Anne (maiden name unknown), slaves. In 1820 Ward and his parents escaped to Greenwich, New Jersey, and, six years later, settled in New York City. There Ward attended the African Free School, sponsored by the New York Manumission Society. He then clerked for two years in the law offices of David Ruggles and Thomas L. Jennings, African-American reformers. Ward later recalled in his autobiography that he was “initiated … into the antislavery fraternity” after being wrongly imprisoned in 1834 on the charge of inciting a riot at Chatham Street Chapel, where African Americans were conducting an antislavery meeting.

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