Sinclair Weeks

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Sinclair Weeks
13th United States Secretary of Commerce
In office
January 21, 1953 – November 10, 1958
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Preceded by Charles W. Sawyer
Succeeded by Lewis L. Strauss
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
February 8, 1944 – December 19, 1944
Appointed by Leverett Saltonstall
Preceded by Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
Succeeded by Leverett Saltonstall
Chairperson of the Massachusetts Republican Party
In office
Preceded by Vernon W. Marr
Succeeded by Carroll Meins
Mayor of Newton
In office
Preceded by Edwin O. Childs
Succeeded by Edwin O. Childs
Personal details
Born (1893-06-15)June 15, 1893
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died February 7, 1972(1972-02-07) (aged 78)
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Resting place Summer Street Cemetery in Lancaster, New Hampshire, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Beatrice Dowse Weeks
Jane Tompkins Rankin
Children Frances Lee Weeks Lawrence
John Wingate Weeks, II
Martha Sinclair Weeks Sherrill
Sinclair Weeks, Jr.
Beatrice Dowse Weeks Bast
William Dowse Weeks
Parents John Wingate Weeks
Martha Aroline Sinclair Weeks
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Banker
Profession Government
Military service
Service/branch United States National Guard
United States Army
Battles/wars World War I

Charles Sinclair Weeks (June 15, 1893 – February 7, 1972), better known as Sinclair Weeks, served as United States Secretary of Commerce from 1953 until 1958, during President Eisenhower's administration.


Weeks was born in West Newton, Massachusetts, to John Wingate Weeks, who was a United States congressman, and Martha Aroline (née Sinclair). Weeks graduated from Harvard University, served on the U.S.-Mexico border with the U.S. National Guard in 1916, and served in the World War I. He was a businessman in various industries for much of his adult life.

He was also the mayor of Newton, Massachusetts from 1930 to 1935. He was a United States Senator from Massachusetts from February 8, 1944, when he was appointed by Governor Leverett Saltonstall following the resignation of Henry C. Lodge, Jr., who went to serve in World War II, until December 19, 1944, when a new senator was elected. Weeks did not run in that election. Weeks was a member of the United States Republican Party and served as the member of a Republican National Committee from 1941 to 1953. He was the treasurer of the party from 1940 to 1944. Weeks was the president of the American Enterprise Association from 1946 to 1950.

President Dwight Eisenhower appointed him the United States Secretary of Commerce from January 21, 1953 until November 10, 1958.

Weeks married the former Beatrice Dowse on December 4, 1915. They had three sons and three daughters, Frances W.H. Lawrence, John W. Weeks II, Martha Sinclair Weeks Sherrill, Sinclair Weeks II, Beatrice Weeks Bast, and William D. Weeks. Weeks married Jane Tompkins Rankin on January 3, 1948. Sinclair and Jane Weeks had no children.

He died on February 7, 1972, at age 78, in Concord, Massachusetts. He is buried in Summer Street Cemetery in Lancaster, New Hampshire.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Massachusetts
Served alongside: David I. Walsh
Succeeded by
Leverett Saltonstall
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
John O'Leary
President of the American Enterprise Association
Succeeded by
Lewis H. Brown
Political offices
Preceded by
Edwin O. Childs
Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Edwin O. Childs
Preceded by
Charles W. Sawyer
U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Served under: Dwight D. Eisenhower

January 21, 1953 – November 10, 1958
Succeeded by
Lewis Lichtenstein Strauss
Party political offices
Preceded by
Vernon W. Marr
Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party
Succeeded by
Carroll L. Meins
Preceded by
Joseph William Martin, Jr.
Republican National Committeeman from Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Ralph H. Bonnell