Nathaniel Ward, an English clergyman, born at Haverhill, Suffolk, about 1570, died at Shenfield, Essex, in 1653. He was the son of a Puritan clergyman, graduated at Emmanuel college, Cambridge, in 1603, practised law, but in 1626 became preacher at St. James's, Duke's place, London, and afterward rector of Standon Massaye in Essex. Adhering to nonconformist principles, he was suspended by Archbishop Laud in 1633. He sailed for New England in April, 1634, and was settled as pastor in Agawam or Ipswich. In February, 1637, he resigned his charge; and in May, 1640, he with several others formed the settlement of Haverhill. In 1645 he returned to England, became pastor of Shenfield, and was a subscriber to the " Essex Testimony." He published, under the pseudonyme of Theodore de la Guard, " The Simple Cobbler of Agawam," a political satire (London, 1647; reprinted, 96 pages, Boston, 1843), and " Mercurius Antimechanicus, or the Simple Cobbler's Boy, with his Lap full of Caveats" (1648), a satire against the London preachers.

A memoir of him was published by John Ward Dean (8vo, Albany, 1868).