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Weeks, John Wingatelocked

(11 April 1860–12 July 1926)
  • Keith D. McFarland

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Weeks, John Wingate (11 April 1860–12 July 1926), congressman, senator, and secretary of war, was born near Lancaster, New Hampshire, the son of William Dennis Weeks, a farmer and county probate judge, and Mary Helen Fowler. After attending a country school and graduating from the local high school, he became, at age sixteen, a country schoolteacher. Shortly after his seventeenth birthday, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1881. After two years of sea duty, he and most other young Annapolis graduates were forced to resign because of severe cutbacks in naval strength. He went to Florida, where he worked as a surveyor and then as an assistant land commissioner for the Florida Southern Railway. In 1885 he married Martha Aroline Sinclair; they had two children. His son Charles Weeks served as U.S. secretary of commerce under President ...

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