Vare, William Scott,
1867-1934, American political leader, b. Philadelphia. He engaged in machine politics and became (1898) a member of the select council of Philadelphia. He was recorder of deeds (1902-12) and—with his brothers Edward and George—came to control the Republican machine in Philadelphia. He later succeeded Boies Penrose
as political boss of Pennsylvania. Vare served (1912-27) in Congress but, elected (1926) to the U.S. Senate, was barred from his seat on the grounds of excessive campaign expenditures. He wrote My Forty Years in Politics
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