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The rise of the Grand Chancellor; or “There was something unusual in that green looking country boy.”

In which the Indianapolis Freeman enlightens us regarding Joseph H. Ward‘s journey from Wilson, North Carolina, to Naptown:

Joseph H Ward Grand Chancellor Ind Freeman 7 22 1899

Joseph Ward early years 7 22 1899 Ind Freeman_Page_1

Joseph Ward early years 7 22 1899 Ind Freeman_Page_2

Joseph Ward early years 7 22 1899 Ind Freeman_Page_3

Indianapolis Freeman, 22 July 1899.

A few notes:

  • Joseph Ward’s mother might have been too poor to send him to school, but his father Napoleon Hagans, had he chosen to acknowledge him, certainly could have, as he sent his “legitimate” sons to Howard University.
  • The school in LaGrange at which he worked was most likely Davis Military Academy:  “By 1880 a second school for boys … Davis Military Academy, was founded by Colonel Adam C. Davis. “School Town” became La Grange’s nickname as the military school would eventually have an enrollment of 300 students from every state and even some foreign countries. The school also had a band, the only cadet orchestra in the country during that time. The school prospered, but an outbreak of meningitis closed it in 1889.”
  • Dr. George Hasty was a founder of the Physio-Medical College of Indianapolis, which Joseph Ward later attended.
  • Joseph graduated from High School No. 1, later known as Shortridge, an integrated institution.
  • A “tour of the south”? Really?
  • Do student records exist from the Physio-Medical College? The school closed in 1909.
  • Joseph’s first wife was Mamie I. Brown, an Indiana-born teacher. The 20 October 1900 issue of the Indianapolis Recorder reported: “Mrs. Mamie Ward, through her attorney O.V. Royal, was granted a divorce from her husband, Dr. J.H. Ward, in the Superior Court no. 1, and her maiden name was restored. Both parties are well known in society circles.” Four years later, Joseph married Zella Locklear.

13 thoughts on “The rise of the Grand Chancellor; or “There was something unusual in that green looking country boy.”

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  2. castonoble hooks says:

    I am delighted by chance to hear you speak on Dr. Ward .INFORMATIVE,INSPIRING ,REVEALING are the first words that comes to mind surely as I consider this vase information source you’ve made possible more will come to me . Thanks for sharing your family’s history for it is our shared experience in this land of our birth that would had at any point aborted us !

  3. Bill Hagans says:

    Col. Ward, “Uncle Joe” to my father and family, overcame the circumstances of his birth and my great-grandfather’s neglect. Unfortunately, I was born too late to have known him, but my oldest sister by eleven years did. My father was very fond of his uncle.

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  8. David Robinson says:

    Thank you Ms. Henderson for continuing to unravel the mysteries of my Great grandfather, Dr. Ward. The more I know of him, the more amazed and humbled I am to be among those who claim his lineage. I keep a photo of him over my writing desk to inspire and encourage me.


    David Robinson, son of Dr. Alice Palmer-grand daughter of Dr. Ward

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