Weeks, John, 1749-1818

Weeks, John, 1749-1818



  • Existence: 1749-02-14 - 1818-09-10


John Wingate Weeks was born and raised in Lancaster, New Hampshire. He received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1881, and served two years in the United States Navy. He married Martha Aroline Sinclair on 7 October 1885. Former Washington, D.C. residence of John W. Weeks

Weeks made a fortune in banking during the 1890s, after co-founding the Boston financial firm Hornblower and Weeks in 1888. With his financial well-being assured, Weeks became active in politics, first at a local level in his then-home of Newton, Massachusetts, serving as alderman in 1899–1902 and as mayor in 1903–04. He then moved on to the national scene in 1905, when he was elected to serve the 12th Congressional District of Massachusetts in United States Congress.

As a member of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate, Weeks made various contributions to important banking and conservation legislation. His most notable accomplishment as Congressman was the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911, his name-sake bill that enabled the creation of national forests in the eastern United States.

Despite his defeat for re-election to the Senate in 1918, Weeks remained an active and influential participant in the national Republican Party. He was an early supporter of the nomination of Warren G. Harding for President in 1920, and when Harding became President, he named Weeks to his cabinet.

As Secretary of War, Weeks was a competent, honest, and respected administrator and adviser, who guided the Department of War through its post-World War I downsizing. Weeks's hard work and long hours led to a stroke in April 1925, which led in turn to his resignation as Secretary in October of that year. Weeks's grave in Arlington National Cemetery

Weeks died several months later, at his summer home on Prospect Mountain in Lancaster, New Hampshire. His ashes were buried in Arlington National Cemetery near what is now known as Weeks Drive.

Weeks's son, Charles Sinclair Weeks, was briefly a United States senator from Massachusetts, and was later Secretary of Commerce during the Eisenhower administration.

Weeks's cousin, Edgar Weeks, was a congressman from Michigan. His granduncle, also named John Wingate Weeks (1781–1853), was a major in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812 and a congressman from New Hampshire.

Other family members: Son of Dr. John Weeks and Martha Weeks Husband of Deborah Weeks Father of Martha Spaulding; Elizabeth Webb; Deborah Weeks; Major John W. Weeks; James Brackett Weeks and 2 others Brother of Rev. Joshua W. Weeks; Comfort Weeks; Martha Randall; Sally (Sarah) Sally Bailey; Mary Wiggin Brackett and 4 others

Found in 69 Collections and/or Records:

New Hampshire. Council letter

Mss 779219.1
Identifier: Mss 779219.1
Date(s): 1779-03-19
Scope and Contents

One-page letter from the New Hampshire Council to John Weeks, appointing him as Captain of the 8th Company 1st Regiment, New Hampshire Militia.

N.H. First Congregational Church of Lancaster letter

Mss 792112.4
Identifier: Mss 792112.4
Date(s): 1792-01-12
Scope and Contents

Letter from N.H. First Congregational Church of Lancaster to John Weeks receipt of payment of a pew in Lancaster New Meeting House.

N.H. Queen's Chapel. Portmouth receipt

Mss 773166.1
Identifier: Mss 773166.1
Date(s): 1773-02-16
Scope and Contents

N.H. Queen's Chapel. Portsmouth to John Weeks of receipt for money due Queen's Chapel.

Norton Joseph receipt

Mss 794515
Identifier: Mss 794515
Date(s): 1794-09-15
Scope and Contents

Receipt from Joseph Norton of Chester to John Weeks for money recovered by court action.

Peter Folsom deed

Mss 786227
Identifier: Mss 786227
Date(s): 1786-03-27

In English.

Philip Johnson letter

Mss 782417
Identifier: Mss 782417
Date(s): 1782-07-17

In English.

Rockingham County, N.H. letter

Mss 783430
Identifier: Mss 783430
Date(s): 1783-07-30

In English.

Thomas Guttin receipt

Mss 792280.1
Identifier: Mss 792280.1
Date(s): 1792-04-30
Scope and Contents

Letter from Thomas Guttin of Lancaster, N.H. to John Weeks receipt for money recovered by court action.

Walter Philbrook letter

Mss 770553
Identifier: Mss 770553
Date(s): 1770-10-03
Scope and Contents

Deed from Walter Philbrooks to John Weeks for a pew in Greenland New Hampshire Meeting House.

Ward Cotton Weeks deed

Mss 779108
Identifier: Mss 779108
Date(s): 1779-01-08
Scope and Contents

One page deed from Ward Cotton of Exeter, H to John Weeks releasing title to land in Epsom, NH.