Biography of Hon. Nathan Weeks
Rush County, IN Biographies





HON. NATHAN WEEKS, an honored veteran of the Civil war, who died at his home in Rushville in the spring of 1911 while serving as representative from this legislative district in the lower house of the Indiana General Assembly and who had previously rendered service in the public behalf as treasurer of Rush county, left a good memory and in the memorial annals of Rush county there are few names held in better remembrance than his. Mr. Weeks was a native Hoosier, a fact of which he never ceased to be proud, and ever held the interests of the state close to heart. Though but an adopted son of Rush county, for he was not born here, he entered at once upon taking up his residence here into the spirit of things and ever took an earnest and active interest in public affairs, promoting in such ways as he could the cause of good citizenship and better local government. Upon the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted his services in behalf of the cause of the Union and in the battle of Shiloh received a wound from the effects of which he suffered all the rest of his life. Mr. Weeks was born on a farm in the neighboring county of Henry on March 19, 1841, son of Benjamin and Winnie Weeks, who spent their last days in that county and of whose children Nathan Weeks was the only one to take up his residence in Rush county. Reared on a farm in Henry county, Nathan Weeks received his schooling in the schools of that county and as a young man learned the trade of harness making, presently becoming engaged in that business on his own behalf in the village of Greensboro in his home county, later establishing a buggy shop in that same village. When the Civil war broke out he enlisted his services and went to the front as a member of D Company, Thirty sixth regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was serving with that command when at the battle of Shiloh he received a serious wound and was invalided home as unfitted for further military service and was presently given his honorable discharge on account of incapacity due to this wound. He continued operating his harness making and buggy shop at Greensboro until in the early '70s, when he came down into Rush county and opened a retail meat shop at Carthage, his first experience in that line. This initial experience convinced Mr. Weeks that he had a certain natural capacity for that business and he presently moved to Rushville, seeking a larger market, and opened a butcher shop in that city. He was a Republican and from the beginning of his residence here had taken an active interest in political affairs and presently was elected treasurer of the county. Upon entering the treasurer's office he discontinued his retail meat business and upon the completion of his four years' term of service in the court house bought a farm of 280 acres in the vicinity of Rushville and there established his home, operating the farm thereafter until his death on May 29, 1911. In the election of 1910 Mr. Weeks was elected representative from this district to the Indiana legislature and was serving in that honorable capacity at the time of his death. As noted above Mr. Weeks was a Republican and was for years recognized as one of the able leaders of that party in Rush county. He was a member of the Methodist church, an active member of the local post of the Grand Army of the Republic and was also affiliated with the local lodges of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of the Knights of Pythias, in the affairs of which several organizations he ever took a warm interest. In 1865 Nathan Weeks was united in marriage to Martha Macy, of Henry county, daughter of Lorenzo and Rachel Macy, and who survives him, and to that union were born three children, two sons and a daughter, Ulysses, George and Ella, all of whom are dead except the latter, who is unmarried, continuing to make her home with her mother at Rushville. Mrs. Weeks is a member of the Methodist church, as was her late husband, and has ever taken an earnest interest in the work of the church as well as in all proper movements having to do with the betterment of conditions in her home community.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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