George R. Ward
- This article is about the innkeeper. For similarly named people, see George Ward (disambiguation).
Ward was one of eight children of Robert G. Ward, a former Sheriff of Culpeper County, Virginia and his wife, the former Judith Field. His education was extensive and he stood for the examination to enter the United States Military Academy at West Point in the late 1840s. Instead of honoring his appointment, however, he accepted a position with the dry goods firm of David Leeche and Son in Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked until November 1853.
In 1854 Ward held an interest in a steam packet line operating on the Coosa River. In 1857 he married Margaret Ketcham of Rome, Georgia. Her parents moved to Birmingham in 1872 to operate the newly-built Relay House and the young couple accompanied them, sharing duties as hosts until taking over the operation in 1877 when Mr Ketcham died. He retired when the hotel was demolished in 1886 for the construction of a new Union Passenger Station.
- Dubose, John Witherspoon (1887) Jefferson County and Birmingham, Alabama: Historical and Biographical Birmingham: Teeple & Smith, Publishers; Caldwell Printing Works.