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J. Grier Long


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"Spokane and The Spokane Country - Pictorial and Biographical - Deluxe Supplement." Vol. II. The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912. (No author listed.) pgs. 116-118.

       On the life history of J. Grier Long is found a refutation of the too generally accepted statement that American business men are so engrossed in the spirit of commercialism that no time nor opportunity is left for cooperation in the broader themes and more vital activities which touch the interests of society at large. While president of The Washington Trust Company and therefore one of the most prominent factors in financial circles in Spokane, Mr. Long has done equally effective work for the moral and social uplift of his fellowmen, holding ever firmly to the theory that each individual should be given the opportunity of bettering himself. It is due to the fact that he has wisely used his time and opportunities, that he has reached his present position. He was born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania, December 4, 1861, and son of John F. G. and Frances (Gallagher) Long. The father, who devoted his life to agricultural pursuits, died in 1903, while his wife passed away in 1900.
       J. Grier Long pursued his education in the Tuscarora Academy of Pennsylvania, and in the Washington and Jefferson College near Pittsburg, being graduated from he latter with the A. B. degree in 1887. In the interval between these academic and collegiate courses he engaged in teaching in the public schools of his native state for five years and following his graduation gain engaged in teaching for three years. In 1891 he arrived in Spokane and has since been a representative of financial interests here, becoming identified originally with The Pennsylvania Mortgage Investment Company, of which he was made manager n 1896. In 1902, associated with Messrs. Webster and Connelly he organized The Washington Trust Company, of which he has since been he president and active manager. This is today one of the most progressive of Spokane's banks and is growing rapidly. The same gentlemen also organized the Union Park Bank and the Union Savings Bank in 1902, and of these Mr. Long is likewise the president. He is also the president of the Washington National Life Insurance Company which has been recently organized. His success is attributable in no small measure to the fact that he has ability to coordinate forces and ring seemingly diverse elements into harmonious whole. He seems to see from the outset the possibilities for accomplishment and ever sets his mark high, striving constantly to bring his institutions to that level.
       Mr. Long is also a very active republican and is now serving for the third term as a member of the school board. He was one of the committee of fifteen appointed to prepare the new city charter that was adopted at the time the city took on the commission form of government. He is always loyal to his obligations of citizenship, recognizing the duties as well as the privileges of each individual in this connection, and his efforts have ever been of the practical and resultant form, which has characterized his business activities.
       On the 10th of October, 1895, Mr. Long was united in marriage to Miss Maude G. Sorter, a daughter of Albert and Louise Sorter of this city. They have three children, Lloyd, Frances Louise and James Grier, the eldest being now a high-school pupil. Mr. Long is well known in fraternal and club circles of this city, belonging to the Knights of Pythias and to Spokane Lodge, No. 74, F. & A. M. He likewise holds membership in the Spokane Club, the Spokane Country Club and the University Club, and is in hearty sympathy with the progressive movements of the Chamber of Commerce, of which he is also a representative. He belongs to the First Presbyterian church and for twenty-one years has served as an elder. Twice he has represented his church in the general assembly, in the meeting held in Minneapolis, in 1899, and again in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1910. He is a director of the San Francisco Theological Seminary and has been very actively associated with every movement to better social conditions in Spokane, feeling that every man and woman should be given an opportunity for advancement. He realizes, as few men have done, the obligations and responsibilities of wealth and is ever ready to extend a helping hand to one who is willing to help himself. In is investigation of political, economic and sociological conditions he keeps breast with the best thinking men of the age, striving to promote even-handed justice and recognizing the principle which is the basic element of modern civilization-the brotherhood of man.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton

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