James H. N. Waring, also known as J. H. N. Waring,[lower-alpha 1] (September 22, 1861 – December 29, 1923) was an educator and physician who practiced in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. He implemented trade courses in Baltimore and studied societal pressures on African Americans. During World War II, he treated soldiers at Camp Devens during the Spanish flu epidemic. He sat on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Howard University.
James Henry Nelson Waring was born in Niles, Michigan on September 22, 1861 to Amanda Fitzallen (nee Hill) Waring, the daughter of Henry Nelson Hill, and Reverend William Waring.[lower-alpha 2] William Waring attended schools in Oberlin, Ohio and was a Howard University educated lawyer and a minister. During the Civil War, he was a chaplain of the Michigan Volunteers. He became the Berean Baptist Church’s first pastor. He was a co-founder of the country’s first black bank, Capital Savings Bank. He was on the board of trustees at Howard University. James’ grandfather was Arthur Waring, a member of the American Society of Free Persons of Color (1830).
Waring’s siblings were Charles, Robert Louis, Lavinia, Hattie, Bert, and Alice. He attended public schools in his birth state and in Oberlin, Ohio and taught school first in St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 15. He received his A.B. in 1877 and M.D. degree in 1888 from Howard University. In 1897, Howard awarded him a Masters degree.