John Ward (1805-1890), diplomat, was born on 28 August 1805 at East Cowes, son of John Ward, collector of customs. He received training in the law, but chose to become an inspector of prisons in 1837. In 1838 he was appointed secretary to the New Zealand Colonization Company, and in 1841 British commissioner for the revision of the state tolls. In 1845 he became consul-general at Leipzig. During the 1850s he engaged in diplomatic work on behalf of Britain on the continent. He was made charge d'affaires and consul-general for the Hanse Towns and the surrounding area in Germany in 1860, and was promoted to minister-resident in 1866. He retired to England in 1870, and died at Dover on 1 September 1890.