Samuel Ward

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"Uncle Sam" in Vanity Fair, January 1880.

Samuel Cutler Ward (January 27, 1814 — May 19, 1884), often referred to as "Uncle Sam," was a lobbyist, diplomat, and bon vivant who was present at many gatherings held by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky at the Lamasery.[1] He was famous in his time as the "King of the Lobby" who established a social style of political lobbying over elegant meals.

Theosophical Society involvement

According to Henry Steel Olcott in Old Diary Leaves, Sam Ward sent him a copy of his nephew Francis Marion Crawford's novel Mr. Isaacs,[2] which was mentioned in Mahatma Letter No. 102 and 104.

Additional resources

  • Butterfield, Margaret. "Samuel Ward, Alias Carlos Lopez." University of Rochester Library Bulletin 12.2 (Winter, 1957). Available at University of Rochester web page.
  • Crofts, Daniel W. A Secession Crisis Enigma: William Henry Hurlbert and "The Diary of a Public Man." Baton Rouge: Louisiana State university Press, 2010.
  • Elliott, Maud Howe. Uncle Sam Ward and His Circle. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1938.
  • Jacob, Kathryn Allamong. King of the Lobby. The Life and Times of Sam Ward. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. Available at Google Books.
  • Thomas, Lately (pseudonym of Robert Steele). Sam Ward "King of the Lobby". Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1965.
  • Ward, Samuel. Lyrical Recreations. New York: D. Appleton, Boston, 1865.
  • Ward, Samuel. Sam Ward in the Gold Rush. (edited by Carvel Collins) Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1949.


  1. "Theosophy in New York: Facts about Mme. Blavatsky, Her Powers, and Her Religion." The World (New York), Vol. XXVII, September 12, 1886, p. 13. Available at Blavatsky Archives website.
  2. Henry Steel Olcott. Old Diary Leaves, Second Series (1878-1883), p. 394. Available online at Theosophical Society in the Philippines Online Books.