Edward Twichell Ware (1874 – 1927)

Edward Twichell Ware, son of Edmund Asa Ware, (first president of Atlanta University 1869-1885) became Atlanta University’s third president in 1907 and served until he became seriously ill in 1919. Ware was born in Atlanta in 1874 and attended his father’s alma mater, Yale University. After graduation he was designated as Northern Secretary for Atlanta University, a position which mainly involved raising funds for Atlanta University by addressing organizations on the work of the school. In 1901 Ware was appointed Chaplain of Atlanta University. He served in this position while continuing his fund raising efforts until he was elected President in 1907. During the administration of Edward Ware, new courses in industrial arts and education were added to meet the demand for Atlanta University graduates as teachers in the public schools. Also, several cooperative efforts among African American colleges in Atlanta took place, such as the joint effort by Atlanta University and Morehouse College to offer a course in Business Law and Ethics. In 1919 the University celebrated its 50th anniversary, and also became a center for instruction for students who were likely to be called for military service in Europe. Ware became ill and left Atlanta University in 1919. He battled tuberculosis for eight years before succumbing on May 19, 1927.

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Edward Twichell Ware


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