Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Drapers in:
 • Hopedale Village Cemetery
 • Hopedale
 • Worcester County
 • Massachusetts
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
William Franklin Draper
Birth: Apr. 9, 1842
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 28, 1910
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, US Congressman, US Diplomat. When the Civil War began, he enlisted in the 25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in Company B on October 12, 1861. He served for a time on the staff of Major General Ambrose E. Burnside as his Acting Signal officer before returning this his regiment upon promotion to 1st Lieutenant on April 15, 1862. On August 27, 1862 he was transferred to the 36th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and promoted Captain of Company B. He would go on to rise in rank while serving with the regiment in the field, being promoted to Major on July 13, 1863 and Lieutenant Colonel on May 6, 1864. He commanded the regiment until October 12, 1864, when he was honorably mustered out of service. On March 13, 1865 he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers for "gallant and meritorious serviced in the field during the war". He would return to Massachusetts and become a successful manufacturer of cotton textile machinery. He was active in politics and the Massachusetts National Guard, serving as a delegate to the 1876 Republican National Convention, and serving as a Colonel on the staff of Massachusetts Governor John Davis Long. He was elected as a Republican to represent Massachusetts' 11th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1893 to 1897. He declined to run for the seat after serving two terms, and returned to his manufacturing business. However, later in 1897 he was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison as United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Italy. He served from 1897 to 1900, and returned home once more to his business. He passed away in Washington DC in 1910. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
Family links: 
  George Draper (1817 - 1887)
  Hannah Brown Thwing Draper (1818 - 1882)
  Lydia Joy Warren Draper (1843 - 1884)
  Susan Christie Preston Draper (1853 - 1919)*
  William F. Draper (1865 - 1909)*
  George Otis Draper (1867 - 1937)*
  Edith M Draper Blair (1874 - 1939)*
  Claire Hill Draper (1876 - 1940)*
  Margaret Preston Draper Boncompagni (1891 - 1974)*
  William Franklin Draper (1842 - 1910)
  Georgiana Thwing Draper (1844 - 1844)*
  Helen Louise Draper (1845 - 1847)*
  George Albert Draper (1855 - 1923)*
  Eben Sumner Draper (1858 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Hopedale Village Cemetery
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 08, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 8025
William Franklin Draper
Added by: Mike Serpa
William Franklin Draper
Added by: Russ Dodge
William Franklin Draper
Added by: Russ Dodge
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Roses♥~
 Added: May. 26, 2017

- Heavenly Peace
 Added: Apr. 9, 2017
Thank you, General for your service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Apr. 9, 2016
There are 29 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.0 after 20 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service