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DRAKE, Daniel, physician, born in Plainfield, New Jersey, 20 October 1785; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 6 November 1852. At an early age he and his family emigrated to Mayslick, Kentucky, where they dwelt in a log cabin. In his sixteenth year the boy left home, to study medicine in Cincinnati, and at the age of twenty found his way to Philadelphia, where he attended two courses of lectures at the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania. Returning to the west, he practiced medicine for a year near his old home in Kentucky, and finally settled in Cincinnati. In 1815 Dr. Drake attended a second course of lectures in the University of Pennsylvania, when he was graduated, and, returning to Cincinnati, he soon gained a large and profitable practice. During the two years preceding he had entered on several business ventures and speculations in connection with his father, all of which miscarried.
In 1816 he was appointed professor of materia medica in Transylvania University, Kentucky, and thereafter occupied a chair in other medical schools in succession, until 1835, when he organized the medical department of the Cincinati College. Here he remained four years, and then accepted the chair of clinical medicine and pathological anatomy in the University of Louisville, Kentucky. He returned to Cincinnati, and once more, for a single session, filled the chair of medicine in the medical College of Ohio. hi 1850 he again went to Louisville, and finally reentered the medical College of Ohio. In 1827 he projected the " Western Journa,1 of the Medical and Physical Sciences," continuing as one of the editors until 1848. Among his publications are "Topography, Climate, and Diseases of Cincinnati" (a pamphlet, 1810);" Picture of Cincinnati and the Miami Country" (Cincinnati, 1815); "Practical Treatise on the History, Prevention, and Treatment of Epidemic Cholera" (1832); " Practical Essays on Medical Education" (1832); and "Systematic Treatise on the Principal Diseases of the Interior Valley of North America" (1850; 2d vol., Philadelphia, 1854). The last production of his pen was a small volume of "Discourses" (1852).
His brother, Benjamin Drake, biographer, born in Mason County, Kentucky, in 1794; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1 April 1841, studied and at first practiced law in Cincinnati. In 1880 he established a weekly paper, "The Western Agriculturist," continuing for many years its editor and proprietor. Like his brother, he was much devoted to western interests. His publications include "Cincinnati in 1826" (Cincinnati, 1827); "Life and Adventures of Black Hawk" (1888); "'Pales and Sketches from the Queen City" (1888); " Life of William Henry Harrison" (1840); and "Life of Teeumseh" (1841). To the last-named work he gave much time and attention, and it is historically valuable.
Another son, Charles Daniel Drake, lawyer, born in Cincinnati, 11 April 1811, received a common school education and spent, a short time at St. Joseph's College, Kentucky, and at a military academy in Middletown, Conn. From 1827 till 1830 he was a midshipman in the U. S. navy, in 1833 was admitted to the bar in Cincinnati, and in 1834 removed to St. Louis, 3Io. In 1847 Mr. Drake returned to Cincinnati, when he in 1850 he again went to St. Louis to practice his profession. In 1859 he was elected a member of the Missouri House of Representatives and was conspicuous for his opposition to the secession movement, in 1863 a member of the state convention, and in 1864 was chosen a member of a convention to revise the state constitution. In 1867 he became U. S. senator from Missouri, but this office he resigned to accept the appointment of chief justice of the court of claims in Washington. He has published a "Treatise on the Law of Suits by Attachment in the United States" (Boston, 1854), and a "Life of Daniel Drake," his father (1871).
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