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Pennsylvania State Senate

James Bentley Weaver


Session Year Position District Party
1917 39 Republican
1919 39 Republican
1921 39 Republican
1923 39 Republican
 Counties   Westmoreland


1865 -

James B. Weaver was born on May 30, 1865, Latrobe Westmoreland County, the son of Civil War veteran Patterson C. Weaver and Elizabeth (Hutcheson) Weaver.  He was educated in Derry Township public schools; Latrobe High School; attended Indiana State Normal School; taught in Derry Township and Latrobe, 1885-1894; Justice of the Peace, Latrobe Borough, 1894-1899; graduated from Pittsburgh Law School, 1900; Law Department, University of Pennsylvania, graduated 1901; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Bar Associations, 1901; admitted to practice before Supreme and Superior Courts of Pennsylvania, and U.S. Courts, 1902; admitted to Westmoreland Bar, 1904; private practice Westmoreland County; Latrobe Borough Solicitor, 1911; member of Latrobe School Board, eight years; and president of the board for five years.  Weaver served as a member of the state House, 1915-1917; was elected to the state Senate, 1917; served as chair of the Education Committee, 1919, and is credited with passing legislation increasing pay for public school teachers, necessary to stop a “large exodus” from the state.  He also chaired the prestigious Judiciary General Committee 1921-1923, marking the Senator as heir-apparent to the pro tem position.  He elected not to run for another term.  During World War I, he chaired the county Legal Advisory Board.  He married Fannie F. Pores of Latrobe in 1886.  
Donehoo, Pennsylvania: A History, vol 7, 1926