John Ward

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John Ward
Occupation Sixth President of NYSE (1831-1834)

John Ward was the sixth president of the New York Stock & Exchange Board, which in 1863 shortened its name to the New York Stock Exchange. Ward succeeded Russell H. Nevins as president.[1][2]


The exchange, which had been created in 1792 with the signing of the Buttonwood Agreement, was formally organized with a constitution drafted in 1817.

Ward was known as "Honest John Ward." His sister, Julia Ward Howe, was the author of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic."[3][4]


  1. The New York Stock Exchange: its history, its contribution to national .... Google Books.
  2. Presidents and Chairmen of The New York Stock Exchange. New York Stock Exchange.
  3. Obituaries. University of California Press.
  4. Harriot Beecher Stowe. Google Books.