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DR. ROBERT J. WARE
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Dr. Robert J. Ware, Jr. was the son of Revolutionary War soldier, Robert J. Ware. W. G. Robertson, who knew him as states: “Dr. Robert James Ware, Jr. was a rich talented young bachelor, a practicing physician, a large planter, politician and prominent member of the Baptist church. He was a good citizen and neighbor, and was very charitable with his means; he never hesitated for a moment to extend a helping hand to the needy or distressed. He lived a bachelor for several years.” in 1826 married Asenath Ann White, (b. May 24, 1810 – Dec. 10, 1893) the daughter of David and Mary (Billingslea) White from Mobile. “He built a splendid residence on one of these tables above the river and was surrounded with every comfort and convenience for country life. He had a park, stocked with deer, the only one ever seen by the writer. (W. G. Robertson) He belonged to the old Whig party and was very popular. He was the second man from the Fork that represented Montgomery County in the Legislature.”
Dr. Ware and his father-in-law, David White operated the Alabama Hotel at the corner of Royal and St. Francis Streets in Mobile, Alabama, later known as the Waverly House, then the even later the Battle House. He was appointed the guardian of his half-brother James Anthony Ware’s children, upon the death of their father. He was elected as a representative to the Alabama legislature in 1831-2, 1841-2 and in 1847. In 1849, he was elected to the Senate.
Dr. Ware had the following children:
1. Robert Young Ware (b. March 15, 1827 – Jan 10, 1896) married Julia Amanda Molton
2. James Henry Ware (July 4, 1828- d. July 8, 1867) married Mary Stokes
3. Mary White Ware (ca. 1833 – d. bef. 1912) married Thomas James Molton (b. Dec. 12, 1827, Montgomery, Al-d. March 3, 1896, Montgomery, Al) He was a lawyer and the son of Maj. Thomas Molton and Catherine Hooks
Dr. Ware lived in the Fork a number of years and then moved to the city and had a fine brick residence there, where he lived the remaining years of his life. He served as a member of the House of Representatives then retired for a few years. He was reelected in 1841 and 1842. William Garrett wrote of him,
“He struggled manfully to obtain the aid of the State in behalf of the Montgomery and West Point Railroad to complete the road. 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 sixty-five years of age, with physical powers made for endurance to four score.”
Dr. Robert James Ware died on November 1, 1867, at the age of 66 in Montgomery County, Alabama. He is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery.
- RECOLLECTIONS OF THE EARLY SETTLERS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, ALABAMA -Original data: Robertson, W. G.. Recollections of the early settlers of Montgomery County, Alabama. Montgomery, Ala.: Society of Pioneers of Montgomery, 1961.
- Ware Family website
- Alabama State Archives
- Reminiscences of public men in Alabama: for thirty years, with an appendix By William Garrett 1872
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