son of the minister-professor who was at the center of the 1805
Unitarian Controversy was born in Hingham. He attended Exeter
Academy and Harvard College before being voted minister of the
Second Church in Boston in 1817.
He married Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse's daughter, Elizabeth. The
death of their youngest of three children was followed by his
wife's death at the age of thirty. The next year, 1825, Ware was
one of the founders of the American Unitarian Association and
member of its Executive Committee. When traveling to conduct worship
in Northampton, Massachusetts, he experienced a hemorrhage so
severe that he was hospitalized in Worcester for six weeks.
Upon recovery of his fragile health, Harvard appointed him professor
of pulpit eloquence and pastoral care. Ralph Waldo Emerson, his
ministerial colleague at Second Church became his successor as
minister. Dr. Ware's pastoral care expressed his devout relation
to a personal God anddespite his continuing respect for
Emersonled him to repudiate Emerson's critique of Christianity.
In 1841, when Dr. Ware was in the pulpit of All Souls Church,
New York, his pain required him to dismiss the congregation after
the hymn before the sermon. After resigning his Harvard chair,
he died two years later.