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John William Ward (1781–1833), Earl of Dudley
Only child of William Ward (1750-1823)
1802 Entered Parliament
1823 On his father's death he succeeded to the viscountcy and to extensive estates in Staffordshire and Worcestershire, which contained lucrative coal and mineral deposits.
1827 Became foreign secretary. Later that year he was created earl of Dudley.
1833 Died at Norwood. His earldom and viscountcy became extinct, but the barony passed to his second cousin, William Humble Ward (1781-1835). The bulk of his great fortune went to his heir's son, William Ward (1817-1885), who was created earl of Dudley on 17 February 1860.