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Collection Number: 04919

Collection Title: Edward West Ward Papers (#4919) 1863-1948

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Size 13 items (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract Edward West Ward (1833-1908) was a resident of Onslow County, N.C. Active in politics and community life, Ward was a Mason and a member of the Grange. Papers of Edward West Ward are mostly speeches delivered to church, school, and other community groups in Onslow County. Topics include former North Carolina Governor Edward Bishop Dudley, agriculture, the Grange, the Masons, and education.
Creator Ward, Edward West, 1833-1908.
Language English.
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Donald B. Koonce in March 1998 (Acc. 98052).
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Edward West Ward was a resident of Onslow County, N.C. He was born in 1833 and died in 1908. Active in politics and community life, Ward was a Mason and a member of the Grange.

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Speeches written by Edward West Ward and delivered to church, school, and other community groups in Onslow County, N.C.; an undated fragment of a speech; and a note to the donor's mother from her grandmother. Topics of speeches include former North Carolina Governor Edward Bishop Dudley, agriculture, the Grange, the Masons, and education.

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Folder 1

Enew Church Bible Presentation #04919, Series: "Speeches, 1863-1890s. " Folder 1

Speech, undated, presenting a Bible to Enew Church from a former neighbor, Benjamin N. Ward, then a South Carolina state senator.

Folder 2

Farmers Speech Advocating the Grange #04919, Series: "Speeches, 1863-1890s. " Folder 2

Two drafts of an undated speech to farmers. The speech points out that banks and money can fail or disappear, but land can produce wealth. Thus the farmer "... knows that the best bank ... is a bank of earth and the best share is the plowshare." Ward notes that the wealth of the cities is built upon the goods produced from farms; he advocates collective action by farmers to improve their position by the collectivization efforts of the Grange, also known as the Patrons of Husbandry. The first national farm organization in the United States, the Grange was founded in 1867 and was strongest until 1878. The speech probably dates from that period.

Folder 3

Farmers Speech Advocating the Grange #04919, Series: "Speeches, 1863-1890s. " Folder 3

Undated portion of speech perhaps delivered at a meeting of the Grange. Ward advocates the value of collectivization among farmers to increase their power versus commercial interests in the cities. He also mentions that there are women at the gathering. The Grange did admit women as members. Probable dates are between 1867 and 1878.

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Governor Edward Bishop Dudley Memorial #04919, Series: "Speeches, 1863-1890s. " Folder 4

Speech, 31 May 1863?, memorializing former North Carolina governor Edward Bishop Dudley (1789-1855), born in Onslow County and elected governor in 1836 and 1838. He was one of the founders of North Carolina's Whig Party, supported stronger banks and government support for public works, and helped create a company that built a railroad from Wilmington to Weldon. Ward's speech emphasizes Dudley's ties to Onslow County and the need to continue his work in education and internal improvements.

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Mason Speech #04919, Series: "Speeches, 1863-1890s. " Folder 5

Two copies of an undated speech to the Masons on the birthday of St. John the Baptist, 24 June. The speech celebrates Masonry and discusses its aims.

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School Speech on the Importance of Education #04919, Series: "Speeches, 1863-1890s. " Folder 6

Speech delivered sometime in the 1860s at an Onslow County school in emphasizing the importance of education. Ward also briefly discusses the improvement in education in the state between 1840 and 1860.

Folder 7

School Speech on the Importance of Education #04919, Series: "Speeches, 1863-1890s. " Folder 7

Undated portion of a speech to students about the importance of education. It is very similar to part of the last speech and may be an early draft.

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Sunday School Speech on the Importance of Education #04919, Series: "Speeches, 1863-1890s. " Folder 8

Undated speech to an Onslow County Sunday school. Ward emphasizes that. in other nations, education came only with privilege, but America's founding fathers saw education as a necessity and established schools as a necessary part of society.

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Sunday School Speech on the Responsibilities of Training Children #04919, Series: "Speeches, 1863-1890s. " Folder 9

Undated portion of a Sunday school speech to parents and children. Ward reminded parents that they were their children's first teachers and told the students that they should behave properly because of all the care their parents had taken in raising them.

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Two undated notes, one written by Ward, ca. 1863, that may be part of an unknown speech; the other, ca. 1948, to Lila Koonce Chichester, aunt of the donor of the collection, from her grandmother when she gave the papers to Chichester.

Folder 10

Notes #04919, Series: "Notes, 1863, 1948. " Folder 10

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