Samuel Augustus Ward

WARD, Samuel Augustus.  b. Newark, New Jersey, 28 December 1847; d. Newark, New Jersey, 28 September 1903.  Ward composed MATERNA, found in most American hymnals with Katharine L. Bates*’s poem ‘O beautiful for spacious skies’*, also known as ‘America the beautiful.’ Ward’s parents were George S. Ward (1822?-1900), a shoemaker, and Abbie Ann (née Tichenor) Ward (1824?-1894).  Possibly Ward studied music at an early age in New York City, and some accounts name pianist Jan Pychowski (1818-1900) as his teacher.  However, a newspaper article by Newark assistant superintendent of schools Arthur Grant Balcom (1866?-1942), states that Ward was educated in the public schools of Newark and that...

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