Artemas Ward, an American general, born in Shrewsbury, Mass., Nov. 27, 1727, died there, Oct. 28, 1800. He graduated at Harvard college in 1748, and was successively a representative in the colonial legislature and a member of the council, and was also justice of the court of common pleas in Worcester county. In the French and Indian war he served as lieutenant colonel under Abercrombie, and in 1774 was one of the delegates to the provincial congress. At the breaking out of the revolutionary war he was appointed by congress first major general, June 17, 1775, and was in command of the army which began the siege of Boston. On the election of Washington as commander-in-chief Ward was made second in command, and was assigned to command the right wing on Roxbury heights. In April, 1776, a month after the surrender of Boston, he resigned. He was for 16 years a representative in the Massachusetts legislature, and was a member of congress from 1791 to 1795.

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