Samuel Ward


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(1814–84), brother of Julia Ward Howe, after graduation from Columbia (1831) tried the family banking business, emigrated to California, of which he wrote journalistic accounts collected in Sam Ward in California (1949), enjoyed Washington social life as “King of the Lobby” for financial interests in the capital, and presumably wrote The Diary of a Public Man (1879) about Lincoln before his presidency, as well as his only signed volume, Lyrical Recreations (1865). As a kindly, witty bon vivant he was well known in England and on the Continent and became the inspiration for the character Horace Bellingham in Dr. Claudius (1883) by his nephew, F. Marion Crawford.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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