Spencer Hugh Ware (1851 – )

SPENCER HUGH WARE. Efficient, capable and trustworthy would be the verdict passed upon the character and official standing of our subject by any one in Shannon County to whom the question might be asked. Spencer Hugh Ware, circuit clerk and recorder of this county, is a most ardent Democrat, and most loyally stands by and works for the nominees of his party. He is a native Missourian, born in Licking, February 10, 1851.

The son of Henry and Martha (Mitchell) Ware, natives of Maryland and White County, Tennessee, respectively, the father born in the year 181I. Henry Ware left his native State when a young man and went to Georgia, where he remained a short time. From there he went to Memphis, Tennessee, thence to St. Louis, Missouri, and about 1836 came to Licking, Texas County, Missouri, where he died in 1854. He was a blacksmith by trade, but after going to Licking, Missouri, turned his attention to selling goods and farming. Mrs. Ware is now living at Salem, this State.

The original of this notice was but three years of age when his father died, and he grew to manhood in Salem, Dent County. When grown he attended college at Alton, Illinois, afterward Rochester, New York, and finished at Columbia, this State. When but a lad he had medicine in view, but gave that up for law, and studied at Salem under S. H. Sherlock, now of Fort Smith, Arkansas. In the year 1874 he was admitted to the bar, and two years later came to Shannon County, where soon after he was elected prosecuting attorney. Afterward he was reelected to the same office but resigned, and in 1881 was appointed circuit clerk and recorder, which position he has filled creditably ever since. While in Dent County, and when he had just reached his twenty-first birthday, he was elected superintendent of schools of that county. During the year 1871 he taught school.

On the 1st of June, 1873, he was married to Miss Sarah C. Furling, who was born in Frankfort, Clinton County, Indiana, and two sons and two daughters were the fruits of this union. Mr. and Mrs. Ware hold membership in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and he is an elder in the same. He is a Royal Arch Mason, a member of the chapter at West Plains, Blue Lodge at Winona, and represented Salem Lodge in the Grand Lodge in 1873. He is now serving as noble grand of the I. O. O.F. at Eminence. Mr. Ware has been a delegate to county, district, State and national conventions, and has ever been a stanch Democrat, as before stated.


Source:  Access Genealogy, on-line



Lawyer since 1874.  Superintendent of Public Schools, Dent Co., Mo., 1872-74.  City Attorney of Salem, Mo., and Pros. Att’y of Shannon Co., Mo., 1876-80.  Collector of Shannon Co., 1880-81; Clerk and Recorder of Shannon Co., 1881.  Associate Editor of Eminence Argus, 1883-84.  Member of Congressional Con.”

Source:  The Delta Upsilon Quinquennial Catalog by Delta Upsilon and William Sheafe Chase, Published by the Society, Boston, 1884, page 861

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