Wanted a Man

Booklet and pictures courtesy of Dick Blacher. Comments by Paul Jackson. History and pictures of John Weeks courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery.

Wanted a Man
An Appreciation

by Elbert Hubbard, 1915

This booklet measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" with 16 pages plus colophon.  This preachment was written by Elbert Hubbard and is on John W Weeks who later became a U. S. Secretary of War.

Born near Lancaster, New Hampshire, April 11, 1860, he attended the common schools and was a school teacher for a period. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1881 and served as a Midshipman, 1881-83. He resigned from the Navy in 1883 and took up the profession of civil engineering; he engaged in the banking and brokerage business in Boston, 1888-1914; served in the Massachusetts Naval Brigade, 1890-1900, acting as Commander for the last six years.

He moved to Newton, Massachusetts in 1893; served as a member of the Board of Visitors, U.S. Naval Academy in 1896; served in the Spanish-American War as a Lieutenant in the Volunteer Navy, 1898; member of the Board of Aldermen of Newton, 1899-1902; mayor of Newton, 1902-03; elected as a Republican to the 59th and the four succeeding Congresses. He served from March 4, 1905 until his resignation, effective March 4, 1913, to become United States Senator from Massachusetts. He was Chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (59th and 60th Congresses); elected as a Republican to the Senate and served March 4, 1913 to March 3, 1919; He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election, 1918.

He was appointed Secretary of War by President Warren G. Harding in 1921 and again by President Calvin Coolidge and he served until 1925 when he resigned due to ill health. He died at Lancester, New Hampshire, July 12, 1926. His remains were cremated and his ashes were buried in Section 5 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Martha A. Sinclair Weeks (who he married on October 7, 1885), 1855-1930, is buried with him. To get more information on Weeks please see The Arlington National Cemetery Website.

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