Drew, Franklin Mellen was born on July 19, 1837 in Turner, Maine, United States. Son of Jesse and Hannah Gorham (Phillips) Drew.
Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin College, 1858, A.M., 1861. Admitted to bar, 1861.
Began practice at Presque Isle, Maine, 1861. Served in Civil War, as captain, major and brevetted colonel, 15th Regiment Maine Volumes, October 22, 1861-January 26, 1865. Clerk Maine House of Representatives, 1866-1867.
Secretary of state of Maine, 1868-1872. United States pension agent, Augusta, Maine, 1872-1877. Removed to Lewiston, Maine, in 1878.
Judge of probate, 1888-1904.
Married Araminta Blanche Woodman, January 3, 1862.