Robert J. Ware ( – 1867)

”Dr. Robert J. Ware, of Montgomery, had long been a member of the House, but had retired for several years until 1841, when he was again elected, and reelected in 1842. At both sessions he struggled manfully to obtain the aid of the State in behalf of the Montgomery and West Point Railroad. In 1841, he asked for the State’s guaranty on the bonds of the company to a certain amount, to enable the stockholders to complete the road, and thus render available the capital already invested. In this he failed; but never despairing, he renewed the subject in 1842 in a new light, making it appear that the two per cent, fund could be applied by the State, under the specific limitations of the act of Congress, in no other way than establishing the very line of improvement, of which the road formed an extensive link. He ultimately succeeded in getting an act passed, loaning to the company $120,000 of that fund, on adequate security to the State.

Dr. Ware was considered one of the most sagacious and solid members of the House. When he had an object in view, he set it boldly before his audience, and gave the whole argument in a nutshell, so that before the attention was in the least fatigued, the question was laid open in all its parts, as with the dissecting knife. He had large views of everything, and was never cramped or timid in his movements. Perhaps he had no superior in the House in public spirit, and it was the fewest number who excelled him in business intelligence. His manner of speaking was highly agreeable, and his disposition eminently stubborn. One might as well undertake to level the Andes by a zephyr as to drive him from any position. Where his judgment and free will led, there he would go in spite of the world; further, the combined universe could not force him.

From this view, it will be perceived that Dr. Ware had largely the elements of strength and firmness in his character. In 1849, he was elected to the Senate, which closed his public career. He then gave more exclusive attention to the management of his immense property. His nature was unsocial, tinged a good deal with hauteur, which made him unpopular with the masses, and shortened the period of his public life. He was a Whig in politics. From his great love of wealth, and his losses by the war, probably his spirit was crushed by the shock, and death came to his relief in 1866. At the time, however, he could not have been under sixtyfive years of age, with physical powers made for endurance to four score.”

Source:  Reminiscences of Public Men in Alabama, by William Garrett, Plantation Publishing Company’s Press, Atlanta Georgia, 1872, page 321

"Robert J. Ware came to the county in the year 1822.  He was a 
native of Lincoln county, Georgia, and his mother was a Miss Stokes.
His parents were wealthy, and his early advantages were very good. 
He became a physician and planter, and rapidly acquired property here.
He entered public live as a representative of the county in the 
legislature in 1832, and served as a member of one house or the 
other for seven years.  He was a man of wondrous energy, tact, 
and practical knowledge, possessing singular magnetism and influence 
over men.  He was very successful in business, and accumulated a 
large estate.  He died in 1867, leaving many relatives and descendants 
in the county.

Additional Comments:
Robert J. Ware was the son of Robert Ware (b. October 10, 1755, 
d. May 09, 1827) and Jane Stokes (b. about 1769, died before 1808).
Robert married Aseneth Ann White of Mobile, Alabama about 1825.  
They had at least three children:  Robert Young Ware who married 
Julia Amanda Moulton; James Henry Ware who married Mary Stokes; 
and Mary White Ware who married Thomas James Molton."

Source:  Alabama: Her History, REsources, War REcord, and Public
Men From 1540 to 1872, by Willis Brewer, pages 449-450; 
USGenWeb Archives by: 
Carolyn Golowka
October 2, 2006

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