William Ware (1797 – 1852)

Note:  William Ware was a descendant of the fifth generation from Robert Ware, Sr.

“WARE, William, author, was born in Hingham, Mass., Aug. 3, 1797; son of the Rev. Dr. Henry (q.v.) and Mary (Clark ) Ware.  He was graduated from Harvard college, A.B., 1816, A.M., 1819, and B.D., 1819;’ (1) ‘ He commenced preaching at Northborough, was settled successively in Brooklyn Ct., and Burlington, Vt.’ (2) ‘ was pastor for the First Congregational (All Souls) church in New York city, 1821-36; subsequently held temporary charges in Waltham and West Cambridge, Mass., and in 1847 served as minister-at-large in Boston, Mass.

After resigning his pastorate’ (due to ill health) ‘ in New York city, he devoted himself chiefly to literary pursuits, proprietor and editor of the ‘Christian Examiner,’ 1838-44.

He visited Europe 1848-49, and for two years following his return, lectured upon his travels in New York and Boston.

He was married June 10, 1823, to Mary, daughter of Dr. Benjamin and Elizabeth (Oliver) Waterhouse.

He published: ‘Letters from Palmyra’ (2 vols., 1837), re-published as ‘Zenobia, or the Fall of Palmyra’ (London and New York, 1868); ‘Probus,’ afterwards published as ‘Aurelian ‘ (5 vols., 1838); ‘Julian, or Scenes in Judea’ (2 vols., 1841);  ‘American Unitarian Biography’ (2 vols., 1850-51); ‘Sketches of European Capitals,’ lectures (1851); ‘Lectures on the Works and Genius of Washington Allston (1852),and a ‘Memoir of Nathaniel Bacon,’ in Sparks ‘American Biography’  (1848). (1)

He died in Cambridge,Mass., Feb. 19, 1852.

Sources:  (1) The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable American, Vol. 10, by John Howard Brown, The Biographical Society, Boston, 1904

(2) The Dictionary of American Biography, by Frances S. Drake, Houghton, Osgood and Co., Boston, Riverside Press, 1879, page 955


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