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DRAPER, William Franklin (1842-1910)

DRAPER, WILLIAM FRANKLIN, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Lowell, Mass., April 9, 1842; attended public, private, and high schools; studied mechanical engineering and cotton manufacturing; enlisted as a private in the Twenty-fifth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, on September 9, 1861; promoted through the ranks to lieutenant colonel; brevetted colonel and brigadier general of Volunteers; became a manufacturer of cotton machinery at Hopedale, Worcester County, and patented many improvements; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876; colonel on the staff of Governor Long from 1880 to 1883; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1897); chairman, Committee on Patents (Fifty-fourth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1896; president of the Draper Co. upon its incorporation in 1896; Ambassador and Minister Plenipotentiary to Italy 1897-1899; died in Washington, D.C., on January 28, 1910; interment in Village Cemetery, Hopedale, Mass.

Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: In the John Milton Hay Correspondence, 1854-1914, approximately 6,000 items.
Other authors include William Franklin Draper.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: ca. 1861-1910, 120 items.
Letters written by William Franklin Draper to his family primarily while serving as a soldier in the Civil War.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: February 26, 1890. 1 letter.
Finding aid in repository.

  • Draper, William Franklin. Influence of invention on cotton manufacturing industries. [N.p., 189-].
  • ----. Recollections of a varied career. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1908.