Sinclair Weeks, U.S. Senator and Secretary of Commerce

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Charles Sinclair Weeks

Birthplace: Newton, MA, USA
Death: Died in Concord, MA, USA
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Son of John W, Weeks, U.S. Senator and Secretary of War and Martha A Weeks

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About Sinclair Weeks, U.S. Senator and Secretary of Commerce

Charles Sinclair Weeks (June 15, 1893 – February 7, 1972), better known as Sinclair Weeks, was United States Secretary of Commerce from January 21, 1953 to November 10, 1958 under Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was also the mayor of Newton, Massachusetts, from 1930 to 1935, and a United States Senator from Massachusetts from February 1944, when he was appointed by Governor Leverett Saltonstall following the resignation of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., who went to serve in World War II, until December 1944, when a new senator was elected. Weeks did not run in that election.

Born in West Newton, Massachusetts, Weeks graduated from Harvard University, served on the U.S.-Mexico border with the National Guard in 1916, and served in World War I. He was a businessman in various industries for much of his adult life, before, after and during his political activity. Weeks was a member of the Republican Party. He served as a member of the Republican National Committee from 1941 to 1953 and served as treasurer of the party from 1940 to 1944.

Weeks was president of the American Enterprise Association from 1946 to 1950.

Weeks' father, John W. Weeks (1860–1926), was a United States congressman and senator from Massachusetts and the United States Secretary of War from 1921 to 1925.


Sinclair Weeks died in 1972 in Concord, Massachusetts.



Weeks, Charles Sinclair (1893-1972)—also known as Sinclair Weeks—of Newton, Middlesex Co, MA; Boston, Suffolk Co, MA, b in West Newton, Newton, Middlesex Co, MA, Jun 15 1893. Son of John Wingate Weeks. Republican. Served in US Army during WWI; mayor of Newton, MA, 1930-35; delegate to Republican Natl Convention from MA, 1932, 1940, 1944, 1948, 1952, 1956; MA Republican state chair, 1937; mbr Republican Natl Committee from MA, 1940-53; US Sen MA, 1944; appointed 1944; US Sec of Commerce, 1953-58. Unitarian, d in Concord, Middlesex Co, MA, Feb 7 1972. Interment at Summer St Cem, Lancaster, NH.

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Sinclair Weeks, U.S. Senator and Secretary of Commerce's Timeline

June 15, 1893
Newton, MA, USA
February 7, 1972
Age 78
Concord, MA, USA