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John W. Weeks

AKA John Wingate Weeks

Born: 11-Apr-1860
Birthplace: Lancaster, NH
Died: 12-Jul-1926
Location of death: Lancaster, NH
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Cremated, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: US Secretary of War, 1921-25

Military service: US Navy (1881-83)

Made his fortune as co-founder of the brokerage firm Hornblower and Weeks. Served five terms in Congress and one term in the Senate, where he opposed prohibition and women's suffrage, and pressed for passage of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. He was a serious candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1916, but was elbowed aside at the convention in favor of the party's eventual nominee, Charles Evans Hughes, who lost to the incumbent, Woodrow Wilson. Weeks backed Warren G. Harding in the 1920 Presidential campaign, and was rewarded by being named Secretary of War under Harding and his successor, Calvin Coolidge.

Father: William Dennis Weeks (farmer, probate judge)
Mother: Mary Helen Fowler Weeks
Wife: Martha Aroline Sinclair Weeks (m. 7-Oct-1885)
Daughter: Katherine
Son: Sinclair Weeks (Secretary of Commerce)

    University: BS, US Naval Academy, Annapolis (1881)

    US Secretary of War (1921-25)
    US Senator, Massachusetts (1913-19)
    US Congressman, Massachusetts 12th (1905-13)
    Mayor of Newton, MA (1903-04)
    City Council of Newton, MA (1899-1902)
    Hornblower and Weeks Co-Founder (1888-)
    Republican National Committee (1920)
    Stroke Apr-1925


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