Artemas Ward 1762

Gen. Artemas Ward

In addition to being the first Commander-in-Chief of the army during the American Revolution, General Ward served publicly in many ways throughout his lifetime. The Museum is named in his honor. For more information, see his biography.

Born in 1762 in Shrewsbury, this Artemas Ward also became influential in politics and public service. He married Catherine Maria Dexter in 1788 and together they had 7 children. He graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in 1783 and a LL.D in 1842 and served on the Board of Overseers. He was an attorney, and practiced law in Weston, MA for seventeen years, often with brother-in-law Samuel Dexter (Secretary of War to John Adams). Later he moved to Charlestown, and then Boston. Artemas Ward served in a number of public roles, including as United States Representative (1813-1815), delegate to the Massachusetts State Constitutional Convention in 1820, and Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas from 1821 to 1839. He was an outspoken opponent of United States entry into the War of 1812. He was known for his financial acumen and died in Boston in 1847.