William E. Weir
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

WILLIAM E. WEIR. The career of William E. Weir is a marked example of single-handed achievement. Beginning without means or influence, he has won his way step by step to a position of large success and now stands as one of the foremost men in real estate brokerage and development in Eastern New York State, and is the president of the Troy Real Estate Board.

Mr. Weir was born in Philmont county, New York, and came to Troy at the age of nine years. He attended the public schools of this city, and at the age of thirteen years he entered the world of men and affairs and for the first decade found life an up-hill struggle. His first employment was in the old Boston Store, of Troy, and he continued in other mercantile establishments of the city until he was eighteen years of age. His ambition, however, reached forward to some more definite achievement than mercantile activity, and from this time on, for several years, he divided his attention, working for a salary during a part of the time and during the balance of the time establishing and building up an independent interest in the sale and brokerage of real estate. The first few years of his experience in this field fired him with ambition to master the intricacies of the real estate business, and in order to gain a broader grasp of affairs he frequently went to New York City while continuing his real estate business here in Troy. Identifying himself in this part-time activity with old established real estate firms of New York, he gained a comprehensive knowledge of the underlying principles involved, and with this broadly practical equipment, began to devote his entire attention to his Troy office. He has been largely successful, handling many important transfers of real estate and doing much along development lines. His operations have been chiefly in business property, and he has made a specialty of chain store real estate development, in which he has done remarkable work. Mr. Weir was one of the founders of Lindenwood Park, one of the finest of the new residential sections of Troy, of which he was one of the early promoters.

Mr. Weir has gone beyond his personal interests in his chosen field of activity, having worked ceaselessly for the betterment of conditions in the real estate world of Troy. He was one of the moving spirits in the organization of the Troy Real Estate Board, bringing about its formation, and he has served this body as its first and only president. Mr. Weir has done much for the city of his residence in the improvement and development of various sections, both central and suburban, and he is now one of the most influential men in his business group in Rensselaer county. He is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Dealers, a member of the New York Real Estate Board, and a member and president of the Troy Real Estate Board. Politically, Mr. Weir supports the Democratic party, but his business so largely occupies his attention that he has never thus far accepted the honors or emoluments of public office. He has few interests which do not align with his business activities, but is a member of the Troy Young Men's Christian Association, and is fond of hunting, fishing, automobiling and traveling.

Mr. Weir married Agnes Winifred Fox, daughter of Joseph Fox, of Troy, and they are the parents of one son, William Cooper Weir, born February 15, 1923.

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