Member Biography

John Haines Ware III

Sessions Office Position District Party
1961       19 Republican
1962       19 Republican
1963       19 Republican
1964       19 Republican
1965       19 Republican
1966       19 Republican
1967       19 Republican
1968       19 Republican
1969       19 Republican
1970       19 Republican

COUNTIES: Chester  


08/29/1908 - 07/29/1997

John Haines Ware III (D19) Chester County 1961-1970

Early Life:

John Haines Ware, III, born August 29, 1908, Vineland, Cumberland County, New Jersey; son of John H. Ware, Jr, and Clara Edwards Ware; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; B.S., 1930; engaged  varied business pursuits, including running a candy factory, cabinet plant, movie theater; founded, president, Penn Fuel Gas Company, Oxford, Pennsylvania, 1944-1989; Chief Executive Officer, American Waterworks Company, 1961-1984 Voorhees, New Jersey; burgess, borough of Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1956-1960; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania Senate, 1961-1970; elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, Pennsylvania 9th congressional district, 1970-1973; elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives Pennsylvania 5th congressional district, 1973-1975 not a candidate for reelection, 1974; married, Marian Snyder Ware, 1940, sons Paul W. Ware, John H. Ware, IV, Paul W. Ware, daughters, Marilyn W. Lewis, Carol W. Gates; died, July 29, 1997, West Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; interment, Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Trustee, Lincoln University, University of Pennsylvania, Widener Universities, Ursinus College, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, West Nottingham Academy, Elwyn Institute.

Member, Republican National Finance Committee; Chairman, Pennsylvania State (Grand Old Party) GOP Finance Committee.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Burgess, borough of Oxford, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 1956-1960.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania Senate, 19th district, Chester County, 1961- resigned, August 28, 1970; John Stauffer, seated, November 17, 1970.

Continued Government Service/National Politics:

Elected simultaneously, Republican, United States House of Representatives, Ninety-first, Ninety-second Congresses, special election, vacancy, death, United States Representative George Robert Watkins, Pennsylvania 9th congressional district, 1970-1973. Won the on the same day the special election to complete the term of deceased Congressman G. Robert Watkins, regular election for a full term.

Elected, Republican, United States House of Representatives, Ninety-third Congress, Pennsylvania 5th congressional district, 1973-1975, not a candidate for reelection, 1974.  


The middle college house, Quadrangle Dormitories, University of Pennsylvania, named in his honor. 

A Boy Scout and Cub Scout camp is also named in his honor. Part of the Horseshoe Scout Reservation, Camp John H. Ware III hosts many programs for scouting such as summer camps, NYLT, and camporees. ]

Ware family established, John H. Ware 3rd Endowed Professorship in Alzheimer's Research, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, in his honor, 1999. 

U.S. Route 1 freeway, between the Maryland border and Kennett Square, Chester County, designated, John H. Ware III Memorial Highway, May 31, 2002.  


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members W"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

John Haines Ware 3rd (1908 – 1996) | Ware (

History & Coat of Arms | College Houses & Academic Services (

Camp Ware Facilities - Chester County Council (

The John H. Ware 3rd Endowed Professorship in Alzheimer’s Research | Endowed Professorships | Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania ( 

John Haines Ware III (1908-1997) - Find a Grave Memorial


Congressional Biography

After 10 session(s) serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, John Haines Ware III went on to serve in congress