William Weightman obituary from New York Times of August 26, 1904

William Weightman Dead: One of the Largest Real Estate Owners in the Country.

Special in the New York Times


Philadelphia, Aug. 21 - William Weightman, popularly know as the richest man in Pennsylvania, and certainly one of the largest real estate owners in the country, died this morning at his Summer home, "Raven Hill", in West School Lane, Falls of Schuylkill.

Mr. Weightman, who was the head of the great drug firm of Powers and Weightman, was often called the "quinine King," as he was the first man to introduce that drug into this country. He gained much of his wealth while the civil war was in progress through the sale of quinine, in which he enjoyed a virtual monopoly. His only partner in the firm is his one surviving child, Mrs. Anne M. Waler, who was at his bedside when he died.

Mr. Weightman's fortune is estimated at $56,000,000, and his estate, which is thought to be one of the largest ever acquired by a Philadelphian, is of the solid-material kind. His money for investment went into realty, dwelling houses, and business dealings.

William Weightman was a native of Waltham, Lincolnshire, England and was born on Sept. 20, 1813. He was sixteen years old when he arrived in America, and seven years later he entered the firm of John Farr & Co. with Thomas H. Powers, the other member. Three years later the firm became Farr, Powers and Weightman and it was succeeded by Powers and Weightman in 1847, when Mr. Farr died.