Biography of Frank H. Ward
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Frank Harrison Ward. - A lawyer with a wide and important clientele, a community leader of aggressiveness, and a popular citizen, Frank Harrison Ward is highly esteemed in Columbus. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, June 15, 1888, the son of Wilmot and Carrie May (Romp) Ward.

Wilmot Ward was for many years a leading attorney of Cleveland. He was born at Rochester, New York, November 9, 1849. Mr. Ward spent most of his life in Cleveland and died in that city, March 21, 1912. His widow, the daughter of Henry and Fiavia (Stearns) Romp, was born near Olmstead Falls, Ohio. Her father held the office of mayor of Olmsted Falls for twenty years. Mrs. Ward still lives in Cleveland. Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ward: Frank Harrison, the subject of this sketch; and Perry Oliver, who is president of the Perry Dairy Company, of Toledo, Ohio.

Frank Harrison Ward attended the public schools or Cleveland, Ohio, and after his graduation from high school in 1906 he entered Western Reserve University, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1910. He then became Columbus correspondent for the Cleveland News, and served in that capacity for thirteen years, during which time he lived in Columbus. Mr. Ward then went to Los Angeles, California, where he studied law at the American University. He received a degree in law from that institution in 1924 and during that year was admitted to the Ohio bar. He became associated with Miller Thompson & Dunbar, attorneys, with offices in the Beggs Building. He is still identified with this well known firm. Mr. Ward has been a leader in Republican politics in Columbus for a number of years. He served as special counsel in the offices of the attorney general of Ohio during 1929, and had served as director of publicity for Calvin Coolidge in the state of Ohio in 1924. He was also chairman of Judicial Bureau, Republican State Headquarters, in the campaign of 1926.

On December 16, 1916, Mr. Ward was united in marriage with Miss Vivian Reed, the daughter of Frank and Maud (Warfield) Reed. Mr. Reed was a leading farmer of Noble County, Ohio. Two children halve been born to Mr. and Mrs. Ward: Virginia Jane and David Warfield. Both are at home with their parents at 2177 Coventry Road, Upper Arlington.

Mr. Ward is a member of the North Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church, and is affiliated with New England Lodge No. 4, Free and Accepted Masons, Horace Wright Chapter, R. A. M., York Council No. 115, Scioto Consistory and Aladdin Temple. He also belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is identified with the Columbus Athletic Club, and holds membership in the Columbus Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Cleveland Bar Association, and American Bar Association.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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