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DRAPER, Simeon, politician, born in 1804; died in Whitestone, L. I., 6 November 1866. He was for many years a prominent merchant in New York, but was unfortunate in business, and became an auctioneer. He was an active Whig, and was long the personal and political friend of William Ii. Seward, but soon after the formation of the Republican Party he opposed Governor Seward's policy. He was several times a member of the Whig state central committee, and in 1864 was chairman of that of the Union party. He was provost marshal for New York City in 1862, and in 1864 was appointed by President Lincoln collector of the port of New York, but resigned in 1865. At the time of his death he was government cotton agent, having charge of all the cotton received at New York. For many years before the war Mr. Draper was one of the board of governors in charge of the City charities, and after the law creating this board was repealed he was a commissioner of public charities and corrections until his resignation of the office in 1864.
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