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Sir Henry George Ward GCMG (1797–1860) was an English diplomat and politician. The son of writer Robert Plumer Ward and Catherine Julia Maling he entered the diplomatic service in 1816. He was charge d'affaires in Mexico from 1825 to 1827 and published two books about his travels there (illustrated by his wife Emily Elizabeth Swinburne). In 1832, he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for St Albans, sitting for that seat until 1837, and then for Sheffield from 1837 to 1849.[1] He was First Secretary of the Admiralty from 1846 to 1849, Lord High Commissioner to the Ionian Islands from 1849 to 1855, and on 11 May 1855 he became governor of Ceylon. He succeeded Sir Charles Trevelyan as Governor of Madras in June, 1860 but served in that capacity only for a few weeks until his death from cholera on 30 June 1860. He is buried in St. Mary's Church, Madras.


  1. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 261, 273. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.  

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Richard Godson
Sir Francis Vincent
Member of Parliament for St Albans
With: Sir Francis Vincent to 1835
Edward Harbottle Grimston from 1835
Succeeded by
George Alfred Muskett
Edward Harbottle Grimston
Preceded by
John Parker
James Silk Buckingham
Member of Parliament for Sheffield
1837 – 1849
With: John Parker
Succeeded by
John Parker
John Arthur Roebuck
Government offices
Preceded by
Charles Justin MacCarthy, acting
Governor of Ceylon
1855 – 1860
Succeeded by
Henry Frederick Lockyer, acting


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