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DRAKE, Francis Marion, soldier, born in Rushville, Schuyler County, Ii1., 30 December, 1830. His father, John, a native of North Carolina, founded the town of Drakesville, Iowa. The son was educated in the district schools, and entered a mercantile life at sixteen years of age. He crossed the plains to Sacramento, California, in 1852 and 1854, engaged in Indian warfare, and in 1859 settled in business in Unionville, Iowa. He served through the civil war, becoming in 1862 lieutenant-colonel of the 36th Iowa cavalry, was severely wounded at Mark's Mills, and in 1865 was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers. He re-entered mercantile life at the end of the war, and was admitted to the bar in 1866, but subsequently engaged in railroad-building. In 1881 he became a founder of Drake university, contributing the principal amount.
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