A. G. WARE was born about twenty miles from Chester, South Carolina, His parents were poor, hard-working people, with little or no advantages. His school opportunities were very limited; in fact, a year’s time would cover all the teaching he ever received. At about the age of fourteen years he ran away and went to Columbia, S. C., and made a contract with a printer by the name of Brown to do office work. In the meantime he learned to write fairly well and soon began to assist in making up the paper. In a year or so he could set type with the best of old printers. He went to Augusta and assisted in setting up the “Georgia Scenes,” a work which grew to be very popular in its day. With the disposition of all printers of that day (they did not stop long in any place), he worked a while in Milledgeville on a weekly paper, and at the early age of twenty years he started a little paper in Sandersville, Georgia, called The Georgian, of which he was editor and printer. Following in the wake of all country newspapers, it was not a financial success.
Having friends in official positions on the Central Railroad of Georgia, he sought a new field of labor and ran as conductor for a short while. Being of a roaming, restless disposition, full of ambition, and with a desire to get up in the world, and faith in the up-country, he went to Dalton, Whitfield County, Georgia, and bought a paper, and published a weekly called the Mountain Eagle. This was in 1847. He was always glad to speak of the old paper and would often refer to the files, which are well preserved and still in the family.
Through the influence of the late Hon. Alexander H. Stephens, Mr. Ware made arrangements to go to Washington, D. C., but owing to some political move not in his favor, the idea was abandoned.
Afterwards, he accepted a position as mail clerk on the Western and Atlantic Railroad, and moved to Atlanta January, 1850. Later on he was agent for the Western and Atlantic Railroad.
A. G. Ware had a fondness for newspaper work and was somewhat independent. If he was not at railroad work he could use pen and pencil for the press. Politics was his great fort. He was never better pleased than to be engaged in bringing out a favorite candidate.
For a while he was traveling soliciting agent for the old Macon and Western Railroad and Central Railroad combined. From this position he was called to accept the local agency of the Macon and Western Railroad. This was in 1858. He remained here up to the time of his death, February 27, 1863.
He was not an active member of any church; in faith he was a Methodist. He was a good, honest, upright man, charitable and kind to the poor, always ready and willing to aid the sick and afflicted.”
Evening Blues Record added: May 01, 2006
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