Eugene Fitch Ware

Eugene Fitch Ware

Birth
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 1 Jul 1911 (aged 70)
Cascade, El Paso County, Colorado, USA
Burial Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas, USA
Plot 001
Memorial ID 12067367 · View Source
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Poet, Author, Lawyer, Legislator and Soldier. Known as Kansas most famous poet, and known all over the country and world. Ware used the pseudonym "Ironquill." It was while he worked as an editor of the Fort Scott newspaper that he submitted his poems under the name Ironquill. Two of his most famous works are "The Rhymes of Ironquill" and "The Washerwomans Song". A quote from his poem "Glory" is 'All Glory Comes From Daring To Begin'. His poem titled "Neutralia" expresses his experience as a new soldier. He authored many books one of which was his civil war experience which is titled "The Indian War of 1864". As a Lt. and Captain he served as aide de-camp to Generals Grenville Dodge, Washington Elliott, Robert Mitchell and C. J. Stolbrand. He was also one of General Sherman's corps commanders. He served in the following units; Company E, First Iowa Infantry, Company L, 4th Iowa Cavalry and finally in 1866, he was mustered out as Captain of Company F of the 7th Iowa Cavarly. By 1871 he was admitted to the bar at Fort Scott, Kansas. He served two terms on the U. S. Supreme Court and also two terms in the Kansas legislature from 1879 to 1883. In 1888, Ware was a presidential elector at-large for Kansas. In 1893 he moved to Topeka to join a law firm and by 1907, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him Commissioner of Pensions. He retired to his farm in 1911 and died later that year. A bronze bust of Kansas most famous poet is with the Kansas State Historical Society. The Eugene F. Ware Elementary school in Fort Scott, Kansas is named for him.

Bio by: Tom Denardo



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  • Originally Created by: Tom Denardo
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 12067367
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eugene Fitch Ware (29 May 1841–1 Jul 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12067367, citing Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .