WARD, Hon. William (1750-1823).

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1754-1790, ed. L. Namier, J. Brooke., 1964
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1780 - 10 Oct. 1788

Family and Education

b. 21 Jan. 1750, 2nd s. of John, 6th Baron Ward (Visct. Dudley and Ward 1763), by his 2nd w. Mary, da. of John Carver of London; half-bro. of Hon. John Ward.  educ. Eton 1765-8; Oriel, Oxf. 1770.  m. 1 Aug. 1780, Julia, da. of Godfrey Bosville of Gunthwaite, Yorks., 1s.  suc. half-bro. as 3rd Visct. Dudley and Ward 10 Oct. 1788.

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In 1780 Ward, backed by the corporation, was returned for Worcester after an expensive contest. In Parliament he supported North’s Administration till its fall; voted against Shelburne’s peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783, but did not vote on Fox’s East India bill, 27 Nov. 1783. He was classed by Robinson in January 1784 as ‘doubtful, desperate’, and as ‘Administration’ in Stockdale’s list of 19 Mar. and by Adam in May; but no vote by him is recorded in this Parliament. Nor is there any report of his having ever spoken in the House.

He died 25 Apr. 1823.

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Author: Mary M. Drummond