Biography of John N. Weld
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

JOHN NEWTON WELD was engaged in the practice of law in the City of Cleveland during a period of more than thirty years, was known for his comprehensive and exact knowledge of the science of jurisprudence, and he put this knowledge effectively into use in connection with his important and representative law business, the scope of which marked him as one of the influential members of the bar of the Ohio metropolis. A gentle, kindly and generous spirit had John N. Weld, and his abiding human sympathy and tolerance, as combined with his gracious personality, gained to him the respect and loyal affection of those who came within the sphere of his influence. Thus he was deeply mourned in his home community when he answered the one inexorable summons, his death having occurred February 7, 1923.

John Newton Weld was born at Richfield, Summit County, Ohio, May 15, 1863, and was a son of William and Rebecca (Newton) Weld. After completing his studies in the public schools he attended a collegiate preparatory school at Hudson, and in 1882 he entered Adelbert College, now an integral part of Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, an institution in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1886 and from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts. In consonance with his well formulated plans for a future career he forthwith began the study of law, under the preceptorship of the representative Cleveland law firm of Baylor & Hall. He was admitted to the bar in June, 1888, and soon afterward formed a law partnership with the late State Senator Clark. Later he was associated in practice with Major Burns, and after the latter's retirement from the firm he formed a partnership alliance with Judge Whelan, with whom he continued to be thus associated until 1903, when he became junior member of the law firm of Judson & Weld. This partnership continued until the death of Mr. Weld, but during the last fifteen years of his life Mr. Weld gave the major part of his time and attention to the management of the large estate of his uncle, the late John Newton, of Toledo. In his profession Mr. Weld proved a resourceful trial lawyer, but he was best known for his exceptional ability as a counsellor and for the fine judicial discrimination that enabled him to determine with authority the points of equity and justice in every cause to which he directed his professional service. Though a staunch advocate of the principles of the republican party, and admirably fortified in his opinions concerning economic and governmental policies, Mr. Weld had neither the nature nor the ambition that prompt to political activity or the seeking of public office. He considered his profession worthy of his undivided allegiance, and by his character and achievement he lent distinction and dignity to the vocation of his choice. His devotion to home and friends was flawless, and he was loved and admired for his intrinsic nobility of character.

On the 5th of May, 1923, the Cleveland Bar Association held a special service in memory of Mr. Weld, who had been one of its honored and popular members for many years, and from the eulogy delivered on this occasion by his former law partner, Calvin A. Judson, are taken the following quotations:

"Mr. Weld will be remembered by the older members of the Cleveland bar as an able and upright lawyer, a sincere and loyal friend, a man of sterling worth. He was, however, a poor partisan To him there were two sides to every question. Possessing the judicial mind, he would have made an excellent judge. The stamp of candor, honesty and fairness was on all his dealings. Snap judgments and esparted hearings he abhorred. Tender, considerate and kind in all human contacts, the nickname of `Gentle John' was fairly earned. His one shortcoming was, perhaps, his modesty. Yet, we are told that 'In times of peace there is nothing so becomes a man as modesty.' A simple shaft of Parian marble should mark his grave, bearing the inscription: 'John Newton Weld, Gentleman.'"

On the 23d of May, 1906, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Weld and Miss Louise Cole, of Geneva, Ashtabula County, she being a daughter of Lyman M. and Angeline (Rouse) Cole, and a representative of a family that was founded in New England in the early Colonial period of our national history, members of this family having come from England to America on the historic ship Mayflower, and ancestors of Mrs. Weld having been patriot soldiers in the War of the Revolution, so that she is eligible for and affiliated with the Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs: Weld maintains her home at 1780 East Eighty ninth Street, Cleveland, and is active and popular in social, cultural and church circles in her home city.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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