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SYD CARR WARD
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Sumter County, Alabama
The thriving little city of Cuba, Alabama was the home of Syd Carr Ward. He was a member of the legislature from Sumter County, Hon. S. C. Ward. He was a young man of great push and energy, gave his attention largely to the mercantile and cotton business. He was a native of the county of Sumter, having been born at Gaston, March 10, 1872. He obtained his education in the local schools and entered business life at Cuba where he soon made his mark. A good mixer and possessing a genial frankness of manner, he soon counted his friends by the score and became a power in the civic life of the town.
He served for three years as secretary to the board of aldermen. In 1890, he was chosen to fill the mayor’s chair, which he did with unusual business foresight. Always active in the councils of the Democratic party and serving in various positions of honor and trust, he did much to stem the tide of Populism and to avert Republican misrule. In the campaign of 1902, Mr. Ward’s triumphant election to the legislature vindicated the choice of the people. During the following session, he was awake and alert to the interests of his constituents and served on several of the important committees.
In the social and religious life of the city, he and his good wife were leading factors. They belonged to the Methodist church, in which Mr. Ward was a steward.
In 1903 he represented his district at the annual conference held in Montgomery. Fraternally he affiliated with Cuba lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, in 1904 he was junior warden; with Knights of Pythias and Woodmen of the World.
He married, in 1895, Nettie Treadway, daughter of Holland Treadway. She was reared in Cuba, Alabama. A son, Daniel SolomonWard, Jr, brought to their home much of its sunshine.
The Ward’s were originally from North Carolina but were residents of Sumter County for several generations. Grandfather Solomon Ward and his wife, Ann, and their family came to the county in about 18—.
A son, David Solomon, married Ann Thomas Holmes, also of this county, and they became the parents of Syd Carr Ward. The father was a gallant soldier during the Civil war, taking part in many of the pitched battles as a private in Company —, Twenty-fourth Alabama. He was for a time a prisoner of war, having been captured at the battle of Atlanta.
1.Notable men of Alabama: personal and genealogical, Volume 1 By Joel Campbell DuBose 1904
2.Alabama Official and Statistical Register
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