1889 – 1960
James H. Napier was born in Martinsburg, New York in 1889. Educated at Groton, Mercersburg and the University of Pennsylvania, he graduated from the latter at the age of 19. He became associated with the Napier Company in Meriden in 1914, becoming its president in 1920. In the next four decades James H. Napier piloted the company bearing his family name into becoming an internationally recognized producer, manufacturer, and design leader of high-quality jewelry and related items. The Napier Company, which employed some 1,000 persons and expanded its facilities at home and abroad, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1990.
James H. Napier was also a benefactor and supporter of numerous charitable causes in Meriden and the surrounding region. He created the Napier Foundation that supports numerous scholarships, social-service agencies, and other charitable and cultural causes in Meriden. Upon his death in 1960, James H. Napier was hailed not only as a business leader but also as a caring and compassionate community servant.
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