Henry Ward, born in Meriwether County in 1845, settled at Villa Rica after the Civil War. There he operated a grist mill, and he continued milling after the creation of Douglas County in 1870 and placed his home in the new county.
Serving from 1885 - 90 and 1893 - 1900, Ward’s second term saw the 1893 murder by ambush of William K. Glover, a former Marshal and postmaster, at Lithia Springs. The murder of 42 year old Glover was never solved.
Ward was the father of nine children, including John Henry Ward who served as deputy under his father before moving to Cordele, where was elected sheriff of Crisp County in 1912. Most of this family moved to North Carolina and south Georgia.
Ward, who died in 1911, is buried in Douglasville with his wife Mary Conner, whose family gave their name to Conners Road near Villa Rica.