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Joseph W. Babcock

Joseph W. Babcock
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1907
Preceded by Allen R. Bushnell
Succeeded by James William Murphy
Personal details
Born March 6, 1850
Swanton, Vermont
Died April 27, 1909(1909-04-27) (aged 59)
Washington D.C.
Political party Republican

Joseph Weeks Babcock (March 6, 1850 – April 27, 1909) was a seven-term Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin.

Born in Swanton, Vermont. Babcock was the grandson of Joseph Weeks, a Congressman from Vermont. He grew up in Butler County, Iowa, where he started his lumber career working at his father's lumberyard. In 1881 he moved to Necedah, Wisconsin, where he amassed a fortune during his 17 years as manager and secretary of the Necedah Lumber Company, and served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1888-1892.

In 1892, Babcock was elected to the 53rd United States Congress from Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district and was reelected to the six subsequent congresses as well serving from March 4, 1893 till March 3, 1907. In 1893, he helped organize the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee; he was credited with helping achieve Republican successes in the 1894 House elections, and was chairman of the committee for the next ten years. He was a candidate for Speaker of the House in 1902, but lost to Joseph Cannon. He was defeated for reelection in 1906 by Democrat James William Murphy.

He continued to live in Washington D.C., where in 1909 he died at the age of 59 after suffering for several weeks from liver and kidney problems.

Sources

  • American National Biography, vol. 1, pp. 811–812.
  • Wisconsin Historical Society biography
  • Findagrave.com entry
  • Men of Mark in America Biography
  • "Ex-Congressman J. W. Babcook", The New York Times, 28 April 1909, p 9. [ProQuest Historical Newspapers, New York Times (1857-Current file), Document ID: 101878577]
Preceded by
Allen R. Bushnell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1907
Succeeded by
James William Murphy

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