SPEAKS, John Charles, (1859 - 1945)


69th Congress Pictorial Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

SPEAKS, John Charles, a Representative from Ohio; born in Canal Winchester, Franklin County, Ohio, February 11, 1859; attended the public schools; engaged in milling and the lumber business; fish, game, and conservation officer of Ohio 1907-1918; member of the Ohio National Guard for more than forty years, advancing from private to brigadier general; during the Spanish-American War served as major of the Fourth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, participating in the Puerto Rican campaign; commanded the Second Brigade of the Ohio National Guard on the Mexican Border in 1916; during the First World War commanded the Seventy-third Brigade, Thirty-seventh Division; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1931); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress, and for election in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress, and in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress; died in Columbus, Ohio, November 6, 1945; interment in Union Grove Cemetery, Canal Winchester, Ohio.