Darwin Erastus Ware (1831 – 1897)

“DARWIN ERASTUS WARE, a Resident Member, elected in 1891, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, February 11, 1831, and died at his home, 237 Marlborough Street, Boston, April 2, 1897.

He prepared for college at the public schools of Salem and graduated in the class of 1852.  Later he graduated from the Law school.  He was admitted to the Bar in 1856, and established a large legal practice.  He served in the State Legislature and Senate.  He was a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University for many years.  Mr. Ware practiced extensively in the United States courts, standing high as an authority on the Federal laws concerning customs, revenue, and shipping.

As an authority in these matters, he received recognition from the United States Secretary of the Treasury, McCulloch, in 1866, when the latter appointed him one of the two commissioners for the codification of the customs revenue and shipping laws.  Mr. Ware served on the commission from 1866 to 1874, when he resigned.

He continued actively in the profession of law, and during twenty years was among the most respected as well as the most accomplished gentlemen of the American Bar and Boston Bar associations.

During the administration of President Hayes, Mr.Ware became one of the most zealous advocates for the reform in the civil service, and was among the pioneers who organized the Civil Service Reform Association, and was one of its earliest presidents.

He was also active in the organization of the England Reform League, as well as the Massachusetts Tariff Reform Club.  He was prominent in several literary and charitable organizations, ever regarding the welfare of the unfortunate as well as the favored.

He was  married, May 26, 1868, to Adelaide Francis Dickey, who, with a son Richard D. Ware, Esq., survived his decease.

He ever regarded the history of New England with delight.”

Source:  Memorial biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vol. 9, 1890-1897, Published by the Society, Boston, 1908, page 406


Darwin Erastus Ware (1831 – 1897) — 1 Comment

  1. It sounds as if this Ware family was the predecessors of the Kennedy fammily of Massachusetts. No wonder the Kennedy’s did so well with Ware’s blazing the trail for them. 😉

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