WEIR, JAMES WALLACE, son of Samuel Weir, who served as an officer in the war of the Revolution, was born August 9, 1805, at Harrisburg, Pa.; died march 14, 1878. He received a good education excelled as a scholar, and his taste for study and reading drew him toward the printing office. He learned the art with John S. Wiestling, and , after this apprenticeship, spent some time in the printing house of the Messrs. Johnson, of Philadelphia. On November 26, 1833, having been chosen teller of the Harrisburg Bank, he accepted the position, holding it until October 30, 1844, when he was chosen cashier of the bank. When the institution became a national bank in 1874, he was unanimously elected its cashier, which office he held until his death, a period of over forty-four years. As a bank officer and a financier he gained an enviable distinction for his uniform courtesy, for unimpeachable integrity, and for ability of the highest order. Few bankers in the Commonwealth can present a record equal to his in years of service, in successful administration of affairs through financial trouble, and for such rigid honesty. But not alone as a banker was he distinguished. He was gifted with rare social qualities and a graceful wit, which made him one of the most companionable of men. In movements for the reformation of society he was always foremost, not only giving his time and labor, but contributing freely of his means to the accomplishment of what he thought a philanthropic purpose. To the poor and lowly he was always a kind and true friend, and his charities, though not ostentatious, were made with a free and open hand. His literary taste and ability were of high order, and he frequently wrote for the press; was the author of several religious tracts published by the American Sunday-school Union. In 1838 appeared a small volume, "Manual of Prayer," which was published with an introduction by Rev. Albert Barnes, of Philadelphia. In 1854 "The Closet Companion" appeared and passed through several editions. After his death "Home Worship." a book of prayer for the family circle, was published. In the Presbyterian church, of which he was nearly forty-four years an elder, as superintendent of the Sabbath-school for a similar period, and in every walk and pursuit in life he was active, energetic, consistent, pure in character and lofty purpose. Mr. Weir married Mrs. Hanna A. (Fahnestock) Mahany, who died February, 1872.
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