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Francis Marion Drake

Francis Marion Drake, American banker, governor. Served, 1861-1865, all grades, from private to colonel and brevetted brigadier general of vols. in Union army.

Background

  • Drake, Francis Marion was born on December 30, 1830 in Rushville, Illinois, United States. Son of John Adams and Harriet Jane (O’Neal) Drake.

  • Education

    • Removed to Fort Madison, Iowa, 1837. Educated there; family removed, 1846, to Davis Company, Iowa, founding there the village of Drakeville.

    Career

    • In 1852 with company of 16 men crossed the plains with ox-teams, arriving safely after a severe but successful encounter with Pawnee Indians. Again crossed, 1854, with a drove of cattle, but returning by water narrowly escaped death in the wreck of the steamer Yankee Blade, lost in the Pacific, engaged in mercantile business at Drakeville and later at Unionville, Iowa.

    Membership

    Served, 1861-1865, all grades, from private to colonel and brevetted brigadier general of vols. in Union army.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Jane Dord, December 24, 1855 (died 1883).
    • father: John Adams Drake
    • mother: Harriet Jane (O’Neal) Drake
    • spouse: Mary Jane Dord
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    Born December 30, 1830
    Died 1903
    (aged 72)
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