Joseph WARD

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American politician

AmericanBorn Joseph WARD

American educator, founder and president of Yankton College

Born on May 05, 1838 in Perry Center, New York, USA , United States

Died on December 11, 1889 in Yankton, South Dakota, USA

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Joseph Ward was born at Perry Center, New York. After attending public schools, he taught and farmed before entering Phillips Academy, in Andover, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brown University and Andover Theological Seminary. Accepting a missionary appointment, he was ordained in 1869 at Yankton, capital of the Dakota Territory, where he organized and directed church efforts. Because there were no public school funds, Ward opened a private school, which became Yankton Academy. Later given over to public control, it became the earliest high school in Dakota.

He was instrumental in the founding of Yankton College, the first collegiate-rank institution of the upper Mississippi Valley, and served as its president.[1] He played an important part in keeping school lands out of the control of eastern speculators. He was the first president of the Yankton Board of Education. He also helped establish in 1879 the Dakota Hospital for the Insane.


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