George Augustus Vare
Older brother of Edwin H. and William S. Vare, born in Southwark, Philadelphia, February 7, 1859, the son of Augustus and Abigail Vare; attended public schools; and pursued government contracts for “Vare Brothers,” chiefly procured through the family’s contacts at Philadelphia City Hall. He was a member of the Republican Ward Committee for years and a member of the ward’s Union Republican Club. George secured a seat in the state House of Representatives, 1891, 1893, and 1895; was a delegate to the city and ward conventions; elected to the state Senate in 1896, defeating (at the time) incumbent senate seniority leader and Quay lieutenant George Handy Smith. He died in office on February 28, 1908.