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Samuel Cutler Ward (January 27, 1814–May 19, 1884) was an American statesman, lobbyist, orator and author.

Ward was born in Manhattan New York City, the son of investment banker and art collector Samuel Ward (1786-1839) and Julia Cutler; grandson of Col. Samuel Ward (1756-1832) and Phoebe Greene of Rhode Island's prominent Greene family, and of Benjamin Clarke and Sarah Mitchell Cutler; he was the great-grandson of Rhode Island Governor Samuel Ward (1725-75) and Anne Ray and of Governor William Greene and Catharine Ray, and a matrilineal descendant from John Demermaker, who came from the Netherlands to Massachusetts and anglicized his name to Cutler. His father was the owner of one of the country's earliest art museums, founder of the City University of New York, treasurer of its council, 1831-39, and president of the City Temperance society. His sister was Julia Ward Howe who authored "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."

Samuel Ward III attended the Round Hill School, Northampton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Columbia College, New York, A.B., 1831, A.M., 1834. He traveled and studied abroad, becoming proficient in the German, Spanish and French languages, and in 1835 became a partner in his father's investment banking house Prime, Ward in New York city. In 1848 he went to California, where he mastered the dialects of various Indian tribes, worked with Chief Bautista in the attempt to establish a reservation on the Merced River and in 1854 visited Mexico.

He was secretary of a government expedition to Paraguay in 1858; was sent on a diplomatic mission to Nicaragua in 1862, and on his return in 1863, settled in Washington, D.C., dividing his time between that place and England.

He had a lucrative career outside of government lobbying in Washington for various business interests, so much so that he was known as "King of the Lobby." A high liver and epicure, he was immortalized in a namesake cocktail, which consists of green or yellow chartreuse poured over cracked ice in a hollowed-out lemon. The Algonquin Club of Boston also serves a dish called "Chicken Sam Ward."

He was the inspiration of Francis Marion Crawford's character Mr. Bellingham in "Dr. Claudius." The honorary degree of Ph.D. was conferred on him by the University of Tübingen.

He was twice married: first, in 1835, to a daughter of William Backhouse and Margaret R. (Livingston) Astor of New York city; and secondly, in 1843, to Medora, daughter of John Grymes and his wife Suzette of New Orleans, La.

He is the author of: "Lyrical Recreations" (1865).

He died in Pegli, near Genoa Italy.




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