John G. W. Ware (1825 – 1894)

John G. W. Ware, the twelfth Mayor of the city of Cape May, was born at Cape May City in 1825, and lived at Cape May all his life, being identified with nearly every public enterprise. He was known during his life as ‘Uncle John,’ because of the kindness he did in sickness and in aiding in ever public enterprise. He was a brother of Wilmon W. Ware, who was once State Senator; Daniel C. W’are, who served as a Councilman: of Joseph Ware, who was twice Mayor of Cape May, and Maskel Ware, a chosen Freeholder of Cape May City.

When the first city charter went into effect in 1851 he was chosen a member of Council for one year. He was elected to the same office in 1857, 1858, 1859, 1864, 1865, 1866 and 1867 for one-year terms.

He was elected Alderman in 1870, and served until 1875, when he was elected Mayor for a term of two years. He was chosen again Alderman in 1877, and served until 1879. In 1881 he was again elected Alderman, and served until 1886. In 1888 he was again elected and served until his death, on September 8, 1894, which was caused by heart disease.”

Source:  The History of Cape May County, New Jersey, by Lewis Towsend Stevens, Lewis T. Stevens, Publisher, Cape May City N.J., 1897, page 429


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