Samuel Augustus Ward

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Samuel Augustus Ward


Samuel Augustus Ward (28 December 1847, Newark, N.J. – 28 September 1903, Newark) was an American organist and composer.

Ward studied music in New York and became an organist at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark in 1880. He is remembered for his hymn Materna (1882) which was used for the anthem America the Beautiful, with words by Katharine Lee Bates. However, Ward never met Bates. He died in 1903 in Newark and was buried in Mount Plea­sant Cem­e­te­ry. Ward was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970.

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