Ware, William, 1797-1852

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William Ware (1797-1852), writer, editor and Unitarian minister, was born in Hingham, Massachusetts, the son of Mary Clark and Henry Ware, Sr. He graduated from Harvard in 1816, and then studied theology for three years with his father, who had been appointed Hollis Professor of Divinity in 1805. William Ware was ordained in 1821, and married Mary Waterhouse in 1823, and they had seven children. He was a minister in the First Unitarian Society in New York from 1821 until 1836, when he resigned due to health reasons and a desire to give himself to full-time writing. In 1838, he bought the Christian Examiner, and served as its editor for six years. He held several pastoral positions briefly in the Boston area, (including Waltham, 1837-1838 and West Cambridge, 1844-1845) but did not return to the ministry again for any extended period of time. He wrote The Antiquity and Revival of Unitarian Christianity (1831) and three novels set in early Christian and biblical times: Zenobia, Probus, and Julian. His later works included the American Unitarian Biography (1851). After a series of epileptic attacks, he died in Cambridge, Massachusetts . (from American National Biography, volume 22, pages 665-666).

From the guide to the Papers, 1813-1852., (Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School)

William Ware was an author and minister, often seen as a predecessor to the Transcendentalists. Born in to a distinguished family in Hingham, Massachusetts, he was educated at Harvard, and attended Harvard Divinity School, supporting himself by teaching; after being ordained he became the first Unitarian minister in New York City. He wrote miscellaneous pieces, but is best remembered for three historical novels, set in classical or Biblical times; he also owned and edited The Christian Examiner for several years. Health considerations led him to change careers several times, and he became a popular lecturer.

From the description of William Ware letter to My dear sir, circa 1847 Dec. 31. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 72827087

Unitarian clergyman.

From the description of Letter to an unidentified correspondent [manuscript], 1840 March 4. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647814337

From the description of Letter: to unidentified correspondent, 1840 Mar 4. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 122529753

Ware was a Unitarian minister. Ordained in 1821, he worked in New York until 1836, when he turned to writing novels. He returned to the ministry in 1844, in West Cambridge, Massachusetts.

From the description of Letters of Lucius M. Piso ; Probus ; Julian ; manuscript, [ca. 1837-1841] (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612878855

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referencedIn Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Correspondence, 1829-1874 Houghton Library
creatorOf Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Letters, 1848, 1877. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Ware family. Papers, 1835-1848. Houghton Library
creatorOf Powers, Hiram, 1805-1873. Horatio Nelson Powers letter to the Rev. W. Ware [manuscript], no year August 12. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bryant, William Cullen, 1794-1878. Papers of William Cullen Bryant, 1837-1875 and n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Papers, 1813-1852. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
creatorOf First Congregational Church in New-York (New York, N.Y.). Church register, 1825. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf Ware, William, 1797-1852. Letter: to unidentified correspondent, 1840 Mar 4. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Ware family. Papers, 1821-1891 Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Palfrey family papers, 1713-1915 Houghton Library
referencedIn Poets of America, extra-illustrated. Houghton Library
creatorOf Ware, William, 1797-1852. Letters of Lucius M. Piso ; Probus ; Julian ; manuscript, [ca. 1837-1841] Houghton Library
creatorOf Ware, William, 1797-1852. William Ware letter to My dear sir, circa 1847 Dec. 31. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Ware, William, 1797-1852. William Ware. Papers, 1813-1852 Harvard University, Divinity School Library
creatorOf Brooks, Phillips, 1835-1893. Autographed letters and portraits of theologians from the United States and England [manuscript] 1805-1939 (inclusive). University of Oklahoma, Bizzell Memorial Library
creatorOf Ware, William, 1797-1852. Letter to an unidentified correspondent [manuscript], 1840 March 4. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Free Library of Philadelphia Collection of Literary Manuscripts, 1666-1990 Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
referencedIn Papers, 1835-1845. Houghton Library
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correspondedWith Allen, Lucy Clarke Ware person
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correspondedWith Channing, William E. person
correspondedWith Dewey, Orville person
associatedWith Dwight, John Sullivan, 1813-1893, person
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correspondedWith Furness, William H. person
correspondedWith Hall, Harriet Ware person
correspondedWith Henry Ware person
correspondedWith Henry Ware, Jr.) person
correspondedWith Ingersoll, Rev. E. E. person
associatedWith Jesus Christ person
associatedWith John F. Waterhouse person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. person
correspondedWith Mary Ware person
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correspondedWith Robbins, Eliza person
correspondedWith Russell, Deborah person
associatedWith Stedman, Edmund Clarence, 1833-1908 person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
correspondedWith Trustees of the First Congregational Church, N.Y. corporateBody
correspondedWith Ware, Elizabeth person
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correspondedWith Ware, Frederick person
correspondedWith Ware, Henry person
correspondedWith Ware, Henry Sr. person
correspondedWith Ware, John person
correspondedWith Ware, Mary person
correspondedWith Ware, Mary L. person
correspondedWith Waterhouse, Benjamin person
correspondedWith Waterhouse, Mary person
correspondedWith W. H. Furness person
associatedWith William Ware person
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Journalism, Religious
Journalistic ethics
Male authors, American
Pastoral theology
Theology, Unitarian
Unitarianism
Unitarianism
Christianity and other religions
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Birth 1797

Death 1852

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