WARD, PHILIP HENRY, JR.


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Philip Henry Ward, Jr. (1886-1963), was born in Washington, D.C., on November 28, 1886, son of Philip Henry Ward and Ida Harner Ward. He began collecting stamps and coins in 1892.

            Philip H. Ward, Jr., was an Electrical Engineer and a coin, stamp and autograph collector and dealer. Col. Edward Green was one of his principle clients for both stamps and coins.

            He graduated George Washington University.

            On June 4, 1913, he married Ruth Coke MacNamara (1890-1964), daughter of Patrick MacNamara and Margaret Stuart MacNamara, of Washington, D.C..

            He worked for Walker Electric Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Philip H. Ward, Jr., Passport photo of 1924.

Fig. Correspondence from Robert R. Courtney, Chicago, Illinois to Philip H. Ward, Jr., in Philadelphia, postmarked March 23, 1927. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic Library.


            He was the founder and president of Ward Electric Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until his retirement in 1930. The 1930 U. S. Census lists him as an Electrical Engineer living at 27 Seminole Avenue, Philadelphia, with his wife Ruth and their three children: Virginia Stuart Ward (1915-1986), Eleanor Ward, and Philip Henry Ward, III, and two housemaids Minnie and Madge Green from Ireland.

            He died of a myocardial infarction on August 23, 1963, at University Hospital, Philadelphia. He was buried at St. Thomas Episcopal Cemetery, Whitemarsh, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Fig. Ward Tomb, 
St. Thomas Episcopal Cemetery, Whitemarsh, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Ward's Estate had Stack's sell his coin collection from April 30-May 2, 1964.

Bibliography :

Stanley M. Bierman, M.D., "Philip H. Ward, Jr. : An Aristocrat of Philately," Chronicle of U. S. Philatelic  Classics SocietyVol. 36, No. 4., November (1984) : 224-233





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