Born: October 3, 1828, Dorchester, Massachusetts.
Died: April 15, 1912, Boston, Massachusetts.
Buried: Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ames married twice, to Sarah Jane Daniels and Julia Frances Baker.
At age 12, he joined a group called the Free Will Baptists. In 1852, he moved with his wife to St. Anthony Falls, Minnesota Territory (now Minneapolis) to organize a Free Will Baptist church there.
Ames edited the first Republican newspaper in Minnesota, and championed the causes of temperance and abolition.
He eventually joined the Unitarians, serving in Bloomington, Illinois; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Albany, New York; and organizing congregations in several California locations.
At the end of his career, he worked in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Boston, Massachusetts, ending with 24 years at the Church of the Disciples in Boston.