DRAKE, Charles Daniel (1811-1892)
Senate Years of Service: 1867-1870

DRAKE, CHARLES DANIEL, a Senator from Missouri; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 11, 1811; attended St. Joseph's College, Bardstown, Ky., in 1823 and 1824, and Patridge's Military Academy, Middletown, Conn., in 1824 and 1825; appointed midshipman in the United States Navy in 1825 and served four years, when he resigned; studied law; admitted to the bar in Cincinnati in 1833; moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1834 and continued the practice of law; member, State house of representatives 1859-1860; member of the State constitutional convention in 1865; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1867, to December 19, 1870, when he resigned to accept a judicial position; chairman, Committee on Education (Forty-first Congress); appointed chief justice of the Court of Claims 1870-1885, when he retired; died in Washington, D.C., April 1, 1892; remains were cremated and the ashes interred in Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: Prose and poetic inspirations from Cincinnati (1832-1834) in Shippen family papers, 1749-1899.

Missouri Historical Society
St. Louis, MO
Papers: 1837-1958. Ca. 66 items. Also photographs.

Missouri State Archives
Jefferson City, MO
Papers: Correspondence and speeches in various collections.

University of Missouri
Western Historical Manuscript Collections
Columbia, MO
Papers: 1859-1879. 45 folders. Correspondence, speeches, autobiography, and photographs. Finding aid.

  • Drake, Charles Daniel. Union and Anti-Slavery Speeches Delivered During the Rebellion. 1864. Reprint. New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969.
  • March, David Dearmond. "The Life and Times of Charles Daniel Drake.'' Ph.D. dissertation, University of Missouri, Columbia, 1949.