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George T. Drake

Posted by JRW on April 27, 2011

from A Biographical record of Fairfield and Perry County, Ohio, illustrated, 1902

By S.J. Clarke Publishing Company


George T. Drake, who is now acceptably and capably serving as postmaster of Corning, has for a number of years been in the public service and has ever been found reliable, prompt and faithful. He is a native of Morgan county, Ohio, his birth having occurred in Pennsville. He is a representative of one of the pioneer families of the state. His paternal grandfather, James Watts Drake, was a native of Virginia and in the year 1812 emigrated westward, taking up his residence in Belmont county, Ohio, whence he removed to Morgan county in 1832. His remaining days were spent in this state, and in 1895, at the advanced age of eighty-nine years, hp was called to his final rest.

Francis W. Drake, the father of our subject, was born January 20, 1833. upon the old family homestead in Morgan county and was a resident of his native county until 1881, when he came to Corning, where he still resides. He was a contractor and builder, but abandoned that pursuit to enter upon the duties of postmaster, to which position he was appointed by President Harrison. He is now engaged in the grocery business and is one of the enterprising and successful merchants of this place. He has led an active and useful life, and has not only successfully conducted his business affairs but has been a prominent factor in public life in his locality. For many years he has served on the city council and put forth strong effort to advance the welfare and substantial upbuilding of his town. He married Adeline Holt, a daughter of Joab and Elizabeth Holt, who removed from Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, to Morgan county, Ohio,, in 1850. Mrs. Drake died May 9, 1884. She was a native of Harpers Ferry. George T. Drake began his education in the public schools and is a graduate, of the high school of Corning of the class of 1890. In April of that year, one month prior to his graduation, he took the civil service examination for railway mail clerk and of the many who took the examination at the same time he stood highest. During the following August he entered upon his duties as substitute clerk on the route from Corning to Columbus. He also substituted on various other runs and was in the Columbus post office for a time until he was permanently appointed on the limited mail run between Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and St. Louis, Missouri. In April. 1893, he resigned from the service and until 1897 was engaged in teaching school in the Corning special district. While teaching he took a prominent part in educational matters, being at that time a member of the county executive committee, and has ever since been interested in educational affairs.

Since 1894 Mr. Drake has been.a prominent factor in his county’s politics and from 1896 has been on the stump in various campaigns. As a debater and speech maker he has an enviable record. From 1895 until 1897 he served as clerk of Monroe township. In the latter year he was appointed postmaster of Corning by President McKinley and was re-appointed by President Roosevelt, so that he is now serving his second term and the affairs of the office are ably conducted under his capable management. In the fall of 1897 he established a newspaper, the Breeze, in partnership with LaBert Davie, but sold his interest to Mr. Davie in 1901.  He has long been a prominent Republican of Perry county, doing all in his power to secure political successes along that line. He has served on the county executive committee and is now serving as a member of the congressional committee of the eleventh Ohio district.


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