Meshech Weare (1735 – 1786)

(I have included this biography in the Ware family histories, because often his last name was spelled Ware and his biographical information may help others searching that particular family line.)

“WEARE, Meshech

Harvard A.B. 1735. Born in Hampton, N. H , 1713; graduated Harvard, ‘735 , member of New Hampshire Legislature and Speaker of the House, 1752; Commissioner to Colonial Congress, 1754; Chief-Justice Supreme Court, 1777; President of the State, 1776-84; died 1786.

MESHECH WEARE, Jurist, was born in  Hampton, New Hampshire, June 16, 1713, and graduated at Harvard in 1735. He then studied law, was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar, and practised his profession in that state with success. His entrance upon public life was made as a member of the New Hampshire Legislature, in which body he served for several years, being chosen Speaker of the House in 1752. He was also sent as Commissioner from New Hampshire to the Colonial Congress at Albany in 1754, and in the following year was elevated to the Bench as a Justice of the Supreme Court, becoming Chief Justice in 1777. At the outbreak of the Revolution, Judge Weare was made Chairman of the Committee of Safety and was elected President of the state in 1776. To this latter position he was annually re-elected during the war, and also in 1784 under the new constitution. His services in the struggle for independence were conspicuous and valuable, especially in the raising and equipping of forces sent to the northern frontier of the state under General John Stark to oppose the advance of the British General, Burgoyne. Judge Weare was made a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1782. He died at Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, January 15, 1786.”

Source:  Universities and Their Sons, Vol. 5, by General Joshua L. Chamberlain, LL.D., R. Herdon Company, Boston, 1900, page 326

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