“FLETCHER, JOHN WARE, son of Amos and Sarah (Ware) Fletcher, was born in Norridgewock, Sommerset county, Maine, April 11, 1824. The town school and academy furnished him with his educational training. His first connection in business was in Norridgewock, Me., 1842, in a country store and drugs. Subsequently in Bangor in dry goods and carpets, 1844, and in Boston, in the grain, hay and flour commission business, 1851 to ’61.
He is at present treasurer and manager of the Star Manufacturing Company.
Mr. Fletcher was first married in Portland, Maine, June 3, 1846, to Elizabeth Douglas, daughter of William and Julia (Douglas) Hyde. Of this union were two children: John Amos and Charles Richardson Fletcher. He was married the second time, in Chelsea, May 25, 1864, to Mary Gould, daughter of John and Phebe Cornish (Gould) Brown. Of this union were five children: Marion Ware, Lawrence Brown, Annie Brown, Alice May and Albert Tripp Fletcher.
Mr. Fletcher was several years director of the Winnisimmet Benevolent Society, Chelsea; lieutenant in the state artillery, Maine, seven years; lieutenant 43d Massachusetts regiment. In the war of the rebellion, serving in the signal corps; captain in the 36th Unites States colored troops. He is a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion and the Grand Army of the Republic.
He has served as president of the common council, member of the board of aldermen, and mayor of Chelsea 1871-’72; representative of the General Court from Chelsea, 1873- and ’74, and president of the Chelsea waster board for three years.”
Source: One of a Thousand: A Series of Biographical Sketches, by John Clark Rand, First National Publishing Co., Boston, 1890, pages 220-1