Charles Daniel DRAKE
Senate Years of Service:1867-1870
DRAKE, Charles Daniel, a Senator from Missouri; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 11, 1811; attended St. Joseph’s College, Bardstown, Ky., in 1823 and 1824, and Patridge’s Military Academy, Middletown, Conn., in 1824 and 1825; appointed midshipman in the United States Navy in 1825 and served four years, when he resigned; studied law; admitted to the bar in Cincinnati in 1833; moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1834 and continued the practice of law; member, State house of representatives 1859-1860; member of the State constitutional convention in 1865; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1867, to December 19, 1870, when he resigned to accept a judicial position; chairman, Committee on Education (Forty-first Congress); appointed chief justice of the Court of Claims 1870-1885, when he retired; died in Washington, D.C., April 1, 1892; remains were cremated and the ashes interred in Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
BibliographyAmerican National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Drake, Charles Daniel. Union and Anti-Slavery Speeches Delivered During the Rebellion. 1864. Reprint. New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969; March, David. “The Life and Times of Charles Daniel Drake.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Missouri, 1949.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present