WARD, SETH (1858–1909). Seth Ward, Methodist bishop, son of Samuel Goode and Sarah Ann Ward, was born in a log cabin near Bryan, Texas, on November 15, 1858. His parents tutored him at home. On January 5, 1886, he married Margaret E. South at Bryan, and they had three children. Ward was ordained to the Methodist ministry in 1881. After serving as a junior minister on the Corsicana circuit, he was appointed successively to Centerville, Kosse, Calvert, St. James Church of Galveston, Huntsville, the Houston circuit, and Shearn Church of Houston. As head of the field work of the Twentieth Century Commission on Education, he succeeded in securing an average of a dollar a member for Methodist educational work. He was secretary of the Texas Conference from 1898 to 1900, when he was appointed conference secretary of education. After the Galveston hurricane of 1900 he united St. John's and St. James's churches into the First Methodist Church of Galveston. For four years he was assistant missionary secretary at the General Conference; while holding that position, in 1906, he was elected bishop at the General Methodist Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, the first native Texan to become a bishop in the Methodist Church. Seth Ward College at Plainview and Ward Memorial Church at Austin were named for him. Ward was twice elected to preside at missionary conferences on Methodism in Japan, China, and Korea. On his second visit to the Orient, he died at Kobe, Japan, on September 20, 1909. He was buried in Houston.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, "Ward, Seth," accessed May 30, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwa51.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles