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William Henry Draper

government official , investment banker , corporation executive

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.


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.


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.

William Henry Draper

Mary Emma (Carey) Draper

Katharine Louise Baum

Eunice Barzynski

Dorothy H. Draper (Mistress Phillips Hawkins)

Katharine L. Draper (Mistress George Haimbaugh)

William Henry III Draper