Sinclair Weeks

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Sinclair Weeks
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27th U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
In office
February 8, 1944 – December 19, 1944
Appointed byLeverett Saltonstall
Preceded byHenry C. Lodge, Jr.
Succeeded byLeverett Saltonstall
13th United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
January 21, 1953 – November 10, 1958
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byCharles W. Sawyer
Succeeded byLewis L. Strauss
Personal details
Born(1893-06-15)June 15, 1893
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedFebruary 7, 1972(1972-02-07) (aged 78)
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Resting placeSummer Street Cemetery in Lancaster, New Hampshire, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Beatrice Dowse Weeks
Jane Tompkins Rankin
ChildrenFrances Lee Weeks
John Wingate Weeks, II
Sinclair Weeks, Jr.
Beatrice Dowse Weeks
William Dowse Weeks
ParentsJohn Wingate Weeks
Martha Aroline Sinclair Weeks
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationBanker
ProfessionGovernment
Military service
Service/branchUnited States National Guard
United States Army
Battles/warsWorld War I
 
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Sinclair Weeks
CharlesSinclairWeeks.jpg
27th U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
In office
February 8, 1944 – December 19, 1944
Appointed byLeverett Saltonstall
Preceded byHenry C. Lodge, Jr.
Succeeded byLeverett Saltonstall
13th United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
January 21, 1953 – November 10, 1958
PresidentDwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded byCharles W. Sawyer
Succeeded byLewis L. Strauss
Personal details
Born(1893-06-15)June 15, 1893
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedFebruary 7, 1972(1972-02-07) (aged 78)
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Resting placeSummer Street Cemetery in Lancaster, New Hampshire, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Beatrice Dowse Weeks
Jane Tompkins Rankin
ChildrenFrances Lee Weeks
John Wingate Weeks, II
Sinclair Weeks, Jr.
Beatrice Dowse Weeks
William Dowse Weeks
ParentsJohn Wingate Weeks
Martha Aroline Sinclair Weeks
Alma materHarvard University
OccupationBanker
ProfessionGovernment
Military service
Service/branchUnited States National Guard
United States Army
Battles/warsWorld War I

Charles Sinclair Weeks (June 15, 1893 – February 7, 1972), better known as Sinclair Weeks, served as United States Secretary of Commerce from 1953 until 1958, during the President Eisenhower's administration.

Biography[edit]

Weeks was born in West Newton, Massachusetts, to John Wingate Weeks, who was a United States congressman, the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts and the U.S. Secretary of War, and the former of Martha Aroline (née Sinclair). Weeks graduated from Harvard University, served on the U.S.-Mexico border with the U.S. National Guard in 1916, and served in the World War I. He was a businessman in various industries for much of his adult life.

He was also the mayor of Newton, Massachusetts from 1930 to 1935, and a United States Senator from Massachusetts from February 8, 1944, when he was appointed by Governor Leverett Saltonstall following the resignation of Henry C. Lodge, Jr., who went to served in World War II, until December 19, 1944, when a new senator was elected. Weeks did not run in that election. Weeks was a member of the United States Republican Party and served as the member of a Republican National Committee from 1941 to 1953 and served was the treasurer of the party from 1940 to 1944. Weeks was the presidency of the American Enterprise Association from 1946 to 1950.

When President Dwight Eisenhower appointed by the United States Secretary of Commerce from January 21, 1953 until November 10, 1958.[clarification needed]

Weeks married the former Beatrice Dowse on December 4, 1915, they had three sons and two daughters, Frances W.H. Lawrence, John W. Weeks II, Sinclair Weeks II, Beatrice Weeks and William D. Weeks. Weeks married the second wife of Jane Tompkins Rankin on January 3, 1948. Sinclair and Jane Weeks had no children.

He died on February 7, 1972, at age 78, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is buried in Summer Street Cemetery in the Lancaster, New Hampshire.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Massachusetts
1944
Served alongside: David I. Walsh
Succeeded by
Leverett Saltonstall
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
John O'Leary
President of the American Enterprise Association
1946-1950
Succeeded by
Lewis H. Brown
Political offices
Preceded by
Edwin O. Childs
Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts
1930-1935
Succeeded by
Edwin O. Childs
Preceded by
Charles W. Sawyer
U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Dwight D. Eisenhower

January 21, 1953–November 10, 1958
Succeeded by
Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss
Party political offices
Preceded by
Vernon W. Marr
Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party
1936–1938
Succeeded by
Carroll L. Meins
Preceded by
Joseph William Martin, Jr.
Republican National Committeeman from Massachusetts
1942–1952
Succeeded by
Ralph H. Bonnell