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Francis M. Drake.

Francis Marion Drake (December 30, 1830 – November 20, 1903) was an American politician who became the 16th Governor of Iowa.

Drake was born in Rushville, Illinois, the son of John Adams Drake and Harriet Jane O'Neal. He later moved to Centerville, Iowa. He married Mary Jane Lord on December 24, 1855. During the Civil War, he was commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel of the 36th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, in August 1862. He was mustered out as Brigadier General.

On July 17, 1895 he was nominated by the Republican party for Governor of Iowa. He was elected Governor on November 5, 1895, serving 1896 through 1898.

He endowed Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, that is named after him. He died in Centerville, Iowa in 1903, and is buried in Centerville’s Oakland Cemetery.

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Preceded by
Frank D. Jackson
Governor of Iowa
November 5, 1895 – 1898
Succeeded by
Leslie M. Shaw


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