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University of Viriginia Collections, Charlottesville
first Unitarian minister in New York City served from 1821 to
1836. Upon resigning, he boughtand served as editor ofthe
Christian Examiner. Three dramatic novels by himZenobia,
Probus, and Julianwere set in early Christian
times, and they were popular. His fictional narrative of the life
of Christ was the first widely read American religious novel.
William was a son of Henry Ware, Sr., of Harvard University. He
suffered ill health, with disturbing occasions of epilepsy. Nevertheless
he proceeded with his work as writer and editor, producing Sketches
of European Capitals, American Unitarian Biography,
and a volume celebrating the genius of Washington Allston, painter
of Belshazzars Feast.