WEIR, James W.
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WEIR, JAMES WALLACE, youngest son of Samuel and Mary (Wallace) Weir, was born August 9, 1805. at Harrisburg, Pa. 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 his 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 that 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, which occurred at Harrisburg, March 14, 1878, having been connected with the bank for over forty-four years. As a bank officer and financier he gained an enviable distinction for his uniform courtesy 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. He was gifted with rare social qualities and a graceful wit, which made him one of the most companionable of men. 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 a high order, and he frequently wrote for the press. He 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. In the Presbyterian church, of which he was many years an elder, as in every walk and pursuit in life, he was active, energetic, consistent, pure in character, and lofty in purpose.