Walter J. Lambert

The History of West Virginia, Old and New
Published 1923, The American Historical Society, Inc.,
Chicago and New York, Volume III, pg. 112-113

WALTER J. LAMBERT, first vice president of the Citizens
Bank of Martinsburg, Berkeley County, was born at Fred-
erick City, Maryland, on the 15th of July, 1850. He is a
son of Frederick Lambert, presumably a native of Vir-
ginia. The original American progenitors came from Eng-
land in an early day and settled in the historic Old
Dominion State. Frederick Lambert became a representa-
tive merchant at Frederick City, Maryland, his store and
residence having been at the west end of Patrick Street.
The maiden name of his wife was Catherine Lambright, she
having been born and reared in Frederick City, where she
and her husband continued to reside until their deaths.
They became the parents of the following sons and daugh-
ters: David, Michael, William H., Charles O. (served three
terms as mayor of Martinsburg, West Virginia), John C.,
Harriet A., George Dallas (served as a member of the city
council at Martinsburg, West Virginia, and was a soldier
in the Civil war three years), Thomas F., Lewis E., Walter
J., Franklin P. (died at the age of four years), and Emma
J. The daughter Harriet became the wife of Walter H.
Keedy, who served as a soldier of the Union in the Civil
war. Mr. and Mrs. Keedy became the parents of six chil-
dren, namely: Eugene, Mary, Laura, Naomi, Mabel and
Emma, the latter of whom died in infancy. Emma J.
Lambert became the wife of Charles E. Zieler, now deceased,
and she now presides over the domestic economies and social
regime of the home of her brother, Walter J., subject of
this review.

In his youth Walter J. Lambert attended the excellent
schools conducted by Professor James English at Frederick
City, Maryland, and he early manifested distinct native
talent as a trader, he having been a lad of twelve years
old when he entered the employ of Augustus Fraley, a
dealer in horses and other live stock, for whom he bought
and sold with remarkable judgment for a youth of that
immature age. Mr. Lambert was fourteen years old when
he came to Martinsburg, West Virginia, to enter the employ
of his brothers, George D. and Charles O., who had here
established themselves in the provision business. He con-
tinued to be thus associated with his brothers until they
dissolved their partnership. Thereafter he was for three
years in the employ of his brother George D., who then
consolidated his business with that of his father-in-law,
Andrew Grazier. After remaining for a time with this new
firm Walter J. Lambert engaged in the provision business in
an independent way. Three years later he turned his atten-
tion to the restaurant business, with which he continued to
be successfully identified a few years, in the meanwhile
having been successful also as a local buyer and shipper of
live stock. Mr. Lambert was one of the organizers of the
Citizens Bank of Martinsburg, and has been a member of
its directorate from the time of its incorporation, besides
which he has given effective executive service as its first
vice president, an office of which he is the incumbent at the
present time, his mature business judgment and effective
counsel having been a potent influence in connection with
the development of this substantial financial institution.
Mr. Lambert has made judicious investments in Martins-
burg real estate, and was the owner of the local operahouse,
which was destroyed by fire in 1920. He is a member of
Robert White Lodge No. 67, Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons, Martinsburg Lodge No. 778, Benevolent and Pro-
tective Order of Elks, and of Washington Lodge No. 1,
Knights of Pythias.

Mr. Lambert has taken deep and helpful interest in the
welfare of the fine little city that has long represented his
home, and while he has had no desire for public office he
has been at all times a liberal and progressive citizen-one
who has inviolable place in the esteem and good will of the
community. Mr. Lambert is a bachelor.

Submitted by: Valerie Crook