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09/18/2021 07:44 PM
Pennsylvania State Senate

James Marion Weakley


Session Position District Party
1871 19 Republican
1873 19 Republican
 Counties   Cumberland, Franklin


1839 -

James M. Weakley, son of James and Elizabeth Lockhard Weakley, was born in Dickinson Township, April 12, 1839.  He received an academic education, studied law with William H. Miller, of Carlisle, 1860; was admitted to the Cumberland county Bar in 1862, and pursued private practice. On Sept. 12, 1865, he married Mary F. Sullivan, of Carlisle, surviving children were Mary F., who graduated from the Academy of Visitation, Georgetown, D. C. (died May 15, 1903); and Francis J., a graduate of St. John's College, Fordham, New York City, and of the Dickinson School of Law (died Jan. 20, 1904). 
He pursued the newspaper business as editor and part owner of the Carlisle Herald for eight years; and for two years, was editor of the Carlisle Leader. He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church of Carlisle, and a past master of St. John's Lodge, F. & A. M. He was several years president of the Cumberland Valley Mutual Insurance Company, and has held other positions of trust and responsibility. His political career began in 1865, when he was elected a member of the Carlisle borough council, in which he served until 1868. The year following he was appointed by Governor Geary Assistant Secretary of the Commonwealth, which important and responsible position he filled from 1869 to 1872. In 1871 he was elected State Senator from the district composed of Cumberland and Franklin counties, and he was a member of the Senate three years, serving on the committees on Corporations, Judiciary, General and Constitutional Reform. Just prior to his election to the Senate he was chosen a member of the school board of Carlisle, and re-elected four times, being president of the board the last ten years of his service. In 1891, Mr. Weakley was elected professor of Pleading in the Dickinson School of  Law, and the following year was made Professor of Equity. He has filled these positions ever since. Since his retirement from politics Mr. Weakley has engaged in the practice of law, and has maintained a high position in his profession. He has had a varied, honorable and successful career.