Frederick P. Drake


    Frederick P. Drake, an engineer and prominent citizen of Canton, was born here, March 16, 1851 son of Andrew and Lucy (Gray) Drake.  His grand­father, Ziba Drake, was the first one of the family to reside in the town.  Andrew Drake, a native of Sharon, was in the coal business for many years in Boston, and was also engaged in the carpenter's trade.  In politics he was a Republican.   He married Lucy T. Gray, of Sandwich, and they had five children, as follows: Laura J., Sarah E., Harriett A., Mary E., and Frederick P.  Mary, who is now deceased, was the wife of Fred Belcher; Laura J. is the widow of James L. Shepard; Sarah E. is the widow of N. H. Lord; and Harriett A. is the wife of Isaac Capen.  The father died in Canton at the age of seventy years.

    Frederick P. Drake received his education in the common schools of his native town and at the private school of Sanford W. Billings in Sharon.  When he was nineteen years of age he learned the carpenter's trade, and has followed it since.  He has been in the employment of the Revere Copper Company as carpenter for twenty-six years.  In politics he is a Republican.  He was Constable for some years.  In 1886 he formed the fire company, and has been chief of the board of fire engineers.  He has been Selectman since 1892, when he was first elected to that office.  On November 2, 1897, on the Republican ticket, he was elected a member of the General Court from the Fourth Norfolk District.  Mr. Drake is a member of the Blue Hill Lodge of Odd Fellows, of which he is Past Noble Grand. He is also Past Chief Patriarch of a Mount Hebron Encampment, of Stoughton; and he is also connected with the Knights of Honor, Richard Gridley Lodge, having passed all the chairs.  He married Ellen Jones, a daughter of David Jones, of Stoughton.  They have no family.  Mr. Drake is a member of the Baptist church.

Containing life sketches of leading citizens of Norfolk County, Massachusetts
Pub. Boston, Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1898
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