John C. Speaks

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John Charles Speaks
John C. Speaks 1913.jpg
in 1913, as Chief Game Warden of Ohio
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1931
Preceded by Clement L. Brumbaugh
Succeeded by Arthur P. Lamneck
Personal details
Born (1859-02-11)February 11, 1859
Canal Winchester, Ohio
Died November 6, 1945(1945-11-06) (aged 86)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Union Grove Cemetery, Canal Winchester
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Edna Lawyer
Children three

John Charles Speaks (February 11, 1859 - November 6, 1945) was a businessman, soldier, and U.S. Representative from Ohio.


Born in Canal Winchester, Ohio, Speaks attended the public schools. He engaged in milling and the lumber business. Fish, game, and conservation officer of Ohio 1907-1918. He served as 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. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1918 to the Sixty-sixth Congress.

Speaks was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921-March 3, 1931). He was an 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. He died in Columbus, Ohio, November 6, 1945. He was interred in Union Grove Cemetery, Canal Winchester, Ohio.

He married Edna Lawyer of Canal Winchester in 1889, and had three children.[1]


  1. ^ Mercer, James K. (1913). Ohio Legislative History: 1909-1913. Columbus: Edward T Miller. p. 206. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clement L. Brumbaugh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1931
Succeeded by
Arthur P. Lamneck