April 13, 1861, London, England.
August 23, 1930, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Salt Lake City, Utah.
The third of 12 children born to James Wallis and Jane Sarah Booth, James met Elizabeth Todd, and the two of them emigrated to America and were married in 1881. They settled in Utah and Idaho and had 13 children. As a journalist, James worked with newspapers in Bear Lake, Provo, Vernal and Nephi, Utah, and in Montpelier, Preston, Soda Springs and Rexburg, Idaho. He served two terms as president of the Utah Press Association, and three terms as president of the Idaho Press Club. While he published the Nephi Ensign, Wallis was Juab county attorney. He attended the University of Nebraska law school and earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee in l906. He also practiced law in Idaho, where he was United States commissioner for ten years, and clerk of the Idaho legislature (1907–11).
As a musician, he led bands and choirs in most of the communities where he lived. He also wrote and published poetry.