BABCOCK, Joseph Weeks

BABCOCK, Joseph Weeks
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1850–1909

Biography

BABCOCK, Joseph Weeks, (grandson of Joseph Weeks), a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Swanton, Franklin County, Vt., March 6, 1850; moved to Linn County, Iowa, with his parents, who settled near Mount Vernon in 1855; attended the common schools of Mount Vernon and Cedar Falls; moved to Necedah, Juneau County, Wis., in 1872 and engaged in the lumber business; member of the Wisconsin State assembly 1889-1893; chairman of the Republican National Congressional Committee in 1894 and 1902; delegate at large to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1904; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1907); chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-ninth Congresses); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1906; retired and resided in Washington, D.C., until his death there on April 27, 1909; remains were cremated and the ashes deposited in the monument on the family plot in Rock Creek Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Microfilm: In the Robert M. La Follette Papers, 1879-1910, 161 microfilm reels. Correspondents include Joseph W. Babcock.

Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: 1864-1916, 1.5 feet. Family papers of a lumberman and politician of Necedah, Wisconsin, primarily consisting of correspondence to and from Joseph Weeks Babcock; Mary F., his wife; Charles Ebenezer, their son, also a prominent businessman of Necedah; and Eva F., Charles's wife. Despite the national political prominence of the elder Babcock, a congressman from the Third District for fourteen years, the majority of the correspondence is personal in content. Included are letters from Joseph Weeks Babcock to his wife while he traveled for an Iowa lumber company during the 1870's and to his secretary Harry W. Barney while he traveled in Europe in 1901. There are also reminiscences of the elder Babcock written by Barney and a volume containing data on Third District Republican conventions. Pertaining to Charles Babcock are letters to and from his parents while he was a student at Oberlin College and the University of Michigan Law School and later while traveling abroad. There are also several ledgers and cash books pertaining to a real estate venture of Charles Babcock and Harry Barney. Photographs include portraits of family, friends, and associates of Babcock, ca. 1880-1890. A register is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Babcock, Joseph Weeks. Tariff, money and the history of financial legislation in the United States. [N.p., 1897].

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