Joseph W. Babcock

Joseph Weeks Babcock ( born March 6, 1850 in Swanton, Franklin County, Vermont, † April 27, 1909 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1893 and 1907 he represented the state of Wisconsin in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joseph Babcock was a grandson of Joseph Weeks (1773-1845), who represented 1835-1839 the state of New Hampshire in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1855 he moved with his parents in the Linn County, Iowa, where the family settled near Mount Vernon. There he attended the public schools. In 1872, Babcock moved to Necedah in Wisconsin, where he was active in the lumber business. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Republican Party.

Between 1889 and 1893, Babcock was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. In the congressional elections of 1892, he was elected in the third electoral district of Wisconsin in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he succeeded the Democrats Allen R. Bushnell on March 4, 1893. After six re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1907 seven legislative sessions. In this time of the Spanish-American War was. Since 1895 to 1907 Babcock was chairman of the Committee for the administration of the District of Columbia. In 1904 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, on the U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was nominated for another term. In the years 1894 and 1902 he was also chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

In 1906, Babcock opted not to run again for the U.S. House of Representatives. After the expiration of his last term he withdrew into retirement, which he spent in the capital Washington. There he is on the April 27, 1909 and passed away.