BABCOCK, Joseph Weeks, (1850 - 1909)

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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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.