John Elliott Ward
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United States Minister to the Qing Empire
In office
August 10, 1859 – December 15, 1860
PresidentJames Buchanan
Preceded byWilliam B. Reed
Succeeded byAnson Burlingame
Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byJames A. Meriwether
Succeeded byWilliam H. Stiles
31st Mayor of Savannah, Georgia
In office
Preceded byRichard Wayne
Succeeded byEdward C. Anderson
Personal details
John Elliott Ward

(1814-10-02)October 2, 1814
Sunbury, Georgia
DiedNovember 30, 1902(1902-11-30) (aged 88)
Dorchester, Georgia
Political partyDemocratic Party

John Elliott Ward (October 2, 1814 – November 30, 1902) was an American politician and diplomat.


John Elliott Ward was born in Sunbury, Georgia on October 2, 1814.[1]

He served as United States Attorney for Georgia, mayor of Savannah, Georgia, speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, president of the Georgia State Senate, president of the 1856 Democratic National Convention, and United States Minister to China under James Buchanan. He resigned from his diplomatic post shortly after the outbreak of the American Civil War, returned to Savannah, and after the war, moved to New York City, where he practiced law for several years.[2]

He died in Dorchester (now Midway), Georgia on November 30, 1902.[2]

See also


  1. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Vol. I. James T. White & Company. 1893. p. 373. Retrieved April 19, 2021 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b "Death List of a Day: John Elliott Ward Dead". The New York Times. Savannah, Georgia. December 1, 1902. p. 9. Retrieved April 19, 2021 – via