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William Henry Draper

William Henry Draper, American investment banker, corporation executive, government official. Decorated Legion of Merit, 1943 (Navy), 1945; Selective Service medal, 1946; Distinguished Service Medal (United States), 1948; Order of Orange Nassau (Netherlands), 1949; Medal for Freedom, (United States), 1953; Great Cross Order of Merit (Italy), 1954; Order Sacred Treasure 1st class (Japan), 1973.


  • Draper, William Henry was born on August 10, 1894 in New York City. Son of William Henry and Mary Emma (Carey) Draper.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, New York University, 1916, Master of Arts, 1917, honorary Doctor of Laws, 1949. Doctor of Laws, University Louisville, 1948, Duke, 1950.


    • With National City Bank, New York City, 1919-1921. Assistant treasurer Bankers Trust Company, 1923-1927. Joined Dillon, Read & Company, investment bankers, New York City, 1927, vice president 1937-1953.

      Trustee Long Island R.R., 1950, chairman Long Island Transit Authority, 1951. Executive officer, Chairman of the Board Mexican Light & Power Company, 1954-1959. Partner firm Draper, Gaither & Anderson, 1959-1967.

      Chairman board Combustion Engineering, Inc., 1960-1964. Director United States Leasing Corporation.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Member President’s Advisory Committee Selective Service, Washington, 1940. Member Joint Army and Navy Committee Welfare and Recreation, 1941. Member North Atlantic Treaty Organization Coucil, 1952-1953.

    Trustee The Kosciuszko Foundation. Served as major Infantry, United States Army, World War I. Member Council Foreign Relations, Academy Political Science, American Legion (company commander 1932-1934), Planned Parenthood Federation (vice chairman), Society American Magicians.

    Psi Upsilon.; Clubs: Downtown Athletic, Brook (New York City).


    • Married Katharine Louise Baum, September 7, 1918 (deceased).; married second, Eunice Barzynski, March 12, 1949. Children: Dorothy H. (Mistress Phillips Hawkins), Katharine L. (Mistress George Haimbaugh), William Henry III.
    • father: William Henry Draper
    • mother: Mary Emma (Carey) Draper
    • spouses: Katharine Louise Baum
    • Eunice Barzynski
    • children: Dorothy H. Draper (Mistress Phillips Hawkins)
    • Katharine L. Draper (Mistress George Haimbaugh)
    • William Henry III Draper
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    Born August 10, 1894
    Died December 26, 1974
    (aged 80)