Welmon W. Ware (1818 – 1886)

“Welmon W. Ware, fifth son of Joseph Ware and his second wife, Harriet (Whillden) Ware, was born in Cape May, New Jersey, 1818, died July, 1886.  He was educated in the public schools, and became one of the prominent men of Cape May county.  He was a Republican in politics, member of the State Senate eight years and for sixteen years was superintendent of the United States Life Saving Station at Cape May; mayor of Cape May several terms, also serving in the city council several terms.  In the years following the civil war he was proprietor of the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., later returning to Cape May.

He was a man of public spirit and used his influence always for the betterment of public conditions in his city.

He married (first) Mary B. Schellinger, (second) Lydia C. Schellinger, (third) Bell West.”

Source:  A History of Delaware Co. Pennsylvania, Vol. 3, by John Woolf Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., N.Y., 1914, page 877

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