Artemas Ward 1848


Artemas Ward was born May 20, 1848 in New York City, In 1863 he served with the New York State soldiers’ depot. Later he moved to Philadelphia entering the Cuban export and import business. In 1872 he married Rebecca Robinson and they had one son, Artemas Ward Jr. Ward founded and published “The Philadelphia Grocer”. He gained the reputation as a brilliant advertiser promoting “Sapolio” soap while working for Enoch Morgan Sons’ Company. In 1899 he obtained the lease for the advertising rights on the New York Elevated Railroad and later the Subway lines. Merchandise rights led Ward into acquisitions of chocolate and chewing gum factories to meet the needs of station stands and the vending machines he now manufactured. He invested in The King Motor Car Company, raised dairy cows on 3,000 acres of land in Orange County, N.Y., acquired several thousand acres of land in Westchester County, N.Y. and New Jersey, and had a thousand acrea apple orchard in Virginia. Summers were spent at his home on Shelter Island, N.Y. Ward wrote "Encyclopedia of Food" that continues to be a standard reference work today. He published "The Life of Artemas Ward, First Commander-in-Chief of the American Revolution", 1921 and "The William Ward Genealogy", 1925 both written by Charles Martyn. Artemas Ward died in New York City on March 14, 1925.