July 1, 1849 (Sunday)

Very beautiful day.

Did not go out until evening when I went to St. Andrew’s church, but found it closed—something must have happened as this was the 1st Sunday in the month.  Afterwards stopped in at Wood & Eleventh.

For more information on St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, see the entry for January 7.

In 1849, the church at Wood and 11th Streets (in Spring Garden, not Philadelphia proper), was the First Methodist Protestant Church—Methodist Protestants having split from Methodist Episcopals in the late 1820s.  Later this church was known as the Free Protestant Methodist Protestant Church.  The rector in 1849, was the Reverend James Thomas Ward (1820–1897), the son of temperance advocate, Ulysses Ward.  James was born in Washington, D.C., where his father was publishing a temperance newspaper, the Weekly Fountain. (The American Antiquarian Society has one issue of this obscure paper.) He was classically educated but never graduated from college.  He converted to Methodist Protestantism when his father did in the early 1830s and became licensed as a minister, after studying under two established divines, in 1840.

Ward was the rector in Philadelphia from 1847 through 1856. In 1866, he moved to Westminster, Maryland where he helped found Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College, a school dedicated to equal education of men and women.  The autodidact served as the college president for the next twenty years. After leaving his post in 1886, he became president of Westminster Theological Seminary (now Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D. C.). He died in Westminster on March 4, 1897. The AAS has one title authored by Reverend Ward, A Tribute to the Memory of George Alexander Johnson.

Sources:

“Death of Rev. Dr. Ward, President of Westminster Theological Seminary.” Sun (Baltimore, MD). March 5, 1897, page 7, col. 1.

Bassett, Ancel H. A Concise History of the Methodist Protestant Church. Pittsburgh, PA: Press of Charles A. Scott, 1877.

O’Brien, Barbara. James Thomas Ward Diaries, 1889–1895 (finding aid at McDaniel College Archives). Retrieved from http://hoover.mcdaniel.edu/archon/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=6&q=

“Presidential History.” McDaniel College http://www.mcdaniel.edu/10497.htm#ward (this site includes a picture of Reverend Ward).

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