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Francis Marion Drake

banker , governor.

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