DRAPER, William Henry, (1841 - 1921)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

DRAPER, William Henry, a Representative from New York; born in Rochdale, Worcester County, Mass., June 24, 1841; moved with his parents to Troy, N.Y., in 1847; attended the public schools until 1856; engaged in mercantile pursuits; trustee of the village of Lansingburgh for ten years; commissioner of jurors for Rensselaer County 1896-1900; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1913); was not a candidate for reelection in 1912; engaged in the manufacture of cordage and twine and was president of the W.H. Draper & Sons (Inc.); died in Troy, N.Y., December 7, 1921; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.