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John R. Drake
American politician

John R. Drake

John R. Drake
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Intro American politician
Was Politician Lawyer Judge
From United States of America
Field Law Politics
Gender male
Birth 28 November 1782, Pleasant Valley (town), New York, USA
Death 21 March 1857, Owego, USA (aged 74 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
Politics Democratic-Republican Party
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John Reuben Drake (November 28, 1782 in Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, New York – March 21, 1857 in Owego, Tioga County, New York) was a U.S. Representative from New York.


He was the son of Rev. Reuben Drake (a Baptist minister from a line of wealthy landowners) and Phoebe Sherwood. Drake completed preparatory studies and engaged in mercantile and agricultural pursuits, such as projecting the New York & Erie Railroad. He married Jerusha Roberts, with whom he had a daughter, Delphine Drake.

He was Supervisor of the Town of Owego in 1813 and First Judge of the Broome County Court from 1815 to 1823. In 1823, he was one of three commissioners overseeing construction of the historic Tioga County Courthouse. Drake was a member of the Free Masons' lodge of Owego.

Drake was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the 15th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1817, to March 3, 1819. There he served on the Committee on Expenditures on the Public Buildings.

He was First Judge of the Tioga County Court from 1833 to 1838, a member of the New York State Assembly in 1834, and President of the Village of Owego from 1841 to 1845.

He was interred in Evergreen Cemetery.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 26 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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