On election Tuesday, April 5, 1913, John McBride Ward, was elected Mayor of Lawson. He served as mayor 1913 – 1914. Ward was in the furniture and undertaking business
Ward was born September 26, 1876, in Dawn, Livingston County, Missouri, the son of Anderson Ward and Rose Ann Bozarth. On October 17, 1939, at age 63, he died in Columbia Missouri and is buried in Lawson Cemetery.