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 William Franklin Draper

William Franklin Draper

Birth
Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 28 Jan 1910 (aged 67)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Hopedale, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 8025 · View Source
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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



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  • Added: 8 Jan 2000
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Franklin Draper (9 Apr 1842–28 Jan 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8025, citing Hopedale Village Cemetery, Hopedale, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .