Jasper D. Ward

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(February 1, 1829 — August 6, 1902) Jasper Delos Ward was an American politician, judge, and lawyer. Ward was born in Java, New York in 1829 and moved to Illinois in 1852. He attended Allegheny College, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1852. While practicing law in Chicago, Ward also served on the board of aldermen of Chicago in 1855, 1856, 1859, and 1860. During the Civil War, he served in the Western Engineers Regiment and served for less than a year. After the war, he served for eight years in the State Senate, from 1862 to 1870. Ward was elected as a Republican to the United States House of Representatives and served from March 4, 1873 to March 3, 1875. After serving in Congress, he served as the U. S. Attorney for the northern district of Illinois until 1877, and then was appointed judge of the fifth judicial district of Colorado. He served in that capacity until 1882, when he moved to Denver, Colorado and practiced law until his death in 1902. [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at hhttps://bioguide.congress.gov/search/bio/W000135]

Member of Illinois Delegation—The Civil Rights Act of 1875.

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