On December 5th, 2013 Durbin Ward
visited Lebanon Lodge #26 in the form
of a Civil War re-enacter. He borrowed
Bro. Ward's Masonic walking stick to
complete his costume and gave
a wonderful speech detailing Durbin
Ward's life and service as a Union soldier
in the Civil War.
Thank you for your service, sir. It was an honor to get to "meet" you.
Durbin Ward entered the Masonic Fraternity at the Lebanon Lodge #26 in 1857. He remained a member in good standing until his death in 1886. He was never elected to any office in Lebanon Lodge according to records.
General Ward bequeathed this Masonic carved cane in his will to the Master of Lebanon Lodge. Probated July 22, 1886. An Army Lodge was named after him.
Born February 11, 1819 in Augusta, Kentucky.
Moved with his parents to Fayette County, Indiana where he grew up on a farm. Entered Miami University, Oxford, Ohio at age 19 staying 2 years.
Around 1840 studied law with Warren County Judge George J. Smith, Thomas Corwin, Whig and Rebublican Party Leader from Lebanon who was Past Master of Lebanon Lodge #26 and Past Grand Master of Masons in Ohio.
Admitted to Bar in 1842, Warren County Prosecuting Attorney from 1845-1851. Elected to one term in 1851 to the Ohio Legislature as a Whig.
Lost elections to Congress as a Democrat in 1855 and Ohio Attorney General in 1858.
In 1866 President Johnson appointed him U.S. District Attorney for Southern District of Ohio and married Miss Elizabeth Probasco.
1870 was elected to Ohio Senate. Founded The Lebanon Patriot, a Democrat newspaper, on January 16, 1868 which he sold in April 1878.
President Ohio State Bar Association in 1883.
Durbin Ward (archive photo)
He died on May 22nd, 1886 in Lebanon at age 67. His grave is located in Lebanon Cemetery, Lot 325.
1819 - 1886
Member of Lebanon Lodge #26
Researched and prepared by
WB Patrick W. Dugan as part of the 200th
year celebration of Lebanon Lodge #26.