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Weaver, James Baird (12 June 1833–06 February 1912), soldier and politician, was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Abram Weaver and Susan Imlay, farmers. The son and grandson of pioneer settlers, James Weaver grew up in a frontier setting that later would inform his agrarian politics. He spent most of his early childhood on a farm in Michigan, then moved with his family to the Iowa Territory in 1842. The Weavers settled on newly opened Indian lands in what would become Davis County. In 1847 Abram Weaver was elected clerk of the district court, and the family moved to the county seat of Bloomfield. For three years James Weaver rode a primitive mail delivery route that had been contracted out to his father; then he returned to school and began reading law with a local attorney. In 1853 Weaver accompanied his brother-in-law on a profitable overland cattle drive to California, but after a brief experience with western mining he returned home determined to renew his studies. He entered Cincinnati Law School in 1855, and after graduating the following year he established a legal practice in Bloomfield. He married Clara Vinson, a schoolteacher, in July 1858; the couple had seven children....