William F. Draper

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This article is about the American political figure. For the painter, see William Franklin Draper. For other people, see William Draper (disambiguation).
William Franklin Draper
William Franklin Draper (April 9, 1842 - January 28, 1910).png
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 11th district
In office
March 4, 1893-March 3, 1897
Preceded by Frederick S. Coolidge
Succeeded by Charles F. Sprague
Personal details
Born April 9, 1842
Lowell, Massachusetts
Died January 28, 1910
Washington, D.C.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lydia Joy;[1]
Susan Preston[2] m. May 22, 1890.[3]
Signature
Military service
Allegiance United StatesUnited States of America
Union
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service September 5, 1861-October 12, 1864[4][5]
Rank *Private; (September 5, 1861);[4]
*Second Lieutenant (September 18, 1861);[6]
*Captain (August 12, 1862);[7]
*Lieutenant Colonel;
Unit *Company B, Twenty-fifth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.[8]
*Thirty-Sixth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.[7]
Battles/wars American Civil War
*Siege of Vicksburg[9]
*Battle of the Wilderness[10]
*Siege of Petersburg[11]
*Second Battle of the Weldon Railroad[11]
Awards Brevet Colonel
Brevet Brigadier General.

William Franklin Draper (April 9, 1842 – January 28, 1910) was an American businessman, industrialist, and soldier who served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Biography[edit]

Draper was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on April 9, 1842, and was a descendant of early Massachusetts settler James Draper. Draper attended public, private, and high schools, he studied mechanical engineering and cotton manufacturing.

William F. Draper at the end of the American Civil War.

During the American Civil War Draper enlisted as a private in the Twenty-fifth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, on September 9, 1861 and was promoted through the ranks to lieutenant colonel. After his discharge Draper was awarded the brevet grades of colonel and brigadier general of Volunteers.

After the war he became a manufacturer of cotton machinery at Hopedale, Massachusetts, and patented many improvements and served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876. He went on to serve as colonel on the staff of Governor John Davis Long from 1880 to 1883.

Equestrian statue of Draper erected in 1912[12] in Milford, Massachusetts.

Draper was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1897). Draper served as chairman of the Committee on Patents (Fifty-fourth Congress), however he was not a candidate for renomination in 1896. He later served as president of the Draper Co. upon its incorporation in 1896. Later he was the Ambassador and Minister Plenipotentiary to Italy 1897–1899.

He died in Washington, D.C., on January 28, 1910, he was interred in Village Cemetery, Hopedale, Massachusetts.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Draper, William Franklin (1909), Recollections of a Varied Career, Boston, Ma: Little, Brown, And Company, p. 78. 
  2. ^ Draper, William Franklin (1909), Recollections of a Varied Career, Boston, Ma: Little, Brown, And Company, pp. 201–202. 
  3. ^ Draper, William Franklin (1909), Recollections of a Varied Career, Boston, Ma: Little, Brown, And Company, p. 202. 
  4. ^ a b Draper, William Franklin (1909), Recollections of a Varied Career, Boston, Ma: Little, Brown, And Company, p. 34. 
  5. ^ Draper, William Franklin (1909), Recollections of a Varied Career, Boston, Ma: Little, Brown, And Company, p. 176. 
  6. ^ Draper, William Franklin (1909), Recollections of a Varied Career, Boston, Ma: Little, Brown, And Company, p. 35. 
  7. ^ a b Draper, William Franklin (1909), Recollections of a Varied Career, Boston, Ma: Little, Brown, And Company, p. 76. 
  8. ^ Draper, William Franklin (1909), Recollections of a Varied Career, Boston, Ma: Little, Brown, And Company, p. 36. 
  9. ^ Draper, William Franklin (1909), Recollections of a Varied Career, Boston, Ma: Little, Brown, And Company, p. 111. 
  10. ^ Draper, William Franklin (1909), Recollections of a Varied Career, Boston, Ma: Little, Brown, And Company, p. 154. 
  11. ^ a b Draper, William Franklin (1909), Recollections of a Varied Career, Boston, Ma: Little, Brown, And Company, p. 170. 
  12. ^ Date on Statue

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain materialfrom websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Wayne MacVeagh
Ambassador and Minister Plenipotentiary to Italy
1897–1899
Succeeded by
George von Lengerke Meyer
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frederick S. Coolidge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Massachusetts's 11th district

March 4, 1893-March 3, 1897
Succeeded by
Charles F. Sprague