Andrew S. Draper

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Andrew Sloan Draper
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4th President of the University of Illinois system
In office
Preceded byThomas Jonathan Burrill
Succeeded byEdmund J. James
1st Commissioner of Education of the State of New York
In office
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byJohn Huston Finley
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Albany County, 2nd district
In office
January 1, 1881 – December 31, 1881
Preceded byHiram Griggs
Succeeded byAaron Fuller
Personal details
Born(1848-06-21)June 21, 1848
Westford, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 27, 1913(1913-04-27) (aged 64)
Albany, New York, U.S.

Andrew Sloan Draper (June 21, 1848 – April 27, 1913) was an American educator, author, and jurist.[1][2]


He was born in Westford, New York, on June 21, 1848, and is a descendant of early Massachusetts settler James Draper. He graduated from The Albany Academy and Albany Law School. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Albany Co., 2nd D.) in 1881; and a judge of the United States court of Alabama claims before devoting himself to educational work.

He then served as a member of the Albany School-board, New York State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1886 to 1892, and superintendent of schools at Cleveland, Ohio, before becoming the President and Regent of the University of Illinois in 1894.[2] In 1902 his right leg was amputated.[3]

He resigned from his presidency in 1904 to become Commissioner of Education of the State of New York.[2][4]

He died on April 27, 1913, in Albany, New York, of Bright's disease and heart trouble.[1] His widow died in 1928.[5]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Organization and Administration of City-School Systems, 1888
  • American Schools and American Citizenship, 1891
  • Public School Pioneering in New York and Massachusetts, 1892
  • American Universities and National Life


  1. ^ a b "Andrew Sloan Draper, Expert on Education, Dies. State Commissioner Victim of Bright's Disease and Heart Trouble". The New York Times. Retrieved July 30, 2014. Dr. Andrew Sloan Draper, State Commissioner of Education, died in his home here to-day, He was 64 years old. Bright's disease and a recently developed ...
  2. ^ a b c "Andrew Sloan Draper (1848-1913)". University of Illinois. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014. In 1894, Andrew Sloan Draper became the first to lead the University of Illinois with the title of president rather than regent. ... In 1904, Draper tendered his resignation in order to become the first Commissioner of Education in New York.
  3. ^ "Dr. Draper's Condition. Right Leg Amputated and His Life Said to Hang in the Balance". The New York Times. April 11, 1902. Retrieved July 30, 2014. President Andrew Sloan Draper of the University of Illinois, who was seriously injured in a runaway accident Sunday afternoon ...
  4. ^ "Eighth State Commissioner, Youngest in the Office, Seeks Public Support Chancellor Gives 'Charge' Veto of Long Island College". The New York Times. May 5, 1956. Retrieved July 30, 2014. Dr. James E. Allen Jr. today became the state's eighth Commissioner of Education. ... Dr. Andrew Sloan Draper became the first Commissioner, holding office from 1904 to 1913. ...
  5. ^ "Abbie Lyon Draper". The New York Times. February 14, 1928. Retrieved July 30, 2014. Mrs. Abbie Lyon Draper, widow of Andrew Sloan Draper, First Commissioner of Education of New York State, died yesterday at the home of her daughter ...
New York State Assembly
Preceded by
Hiram Griggs
New York State Assembly
Albany County, 2nd District

Succeeded by
Aaron Fuller