Harry F. Ward was born on 15 October 1873 in Middlesex, England. Ward was raised as a Free Methodist and emigrated to Utah in 1891 to preach. In 1893–4 Ward attended the University of Southern California and became interested in philosophy with professor George Albert Coe. Ward followed Coe to Northwestern University, where he came into contact with the pragmatism of John Dewey and George H. Mead at the nearby University of Chicago. After completing his BA at Northwestern in 1897, Ward then earned his MA in philosophy at Harvard University in 1898, where William James further influenced him. Upon returning to Chicago, he participated in the settlement house movement, became a Methodist minister in 1902, and ministered to several Chicago churches.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.