Recollections of a varied career - by William Franklin Draper -PDF ebook

Recollections of a varied career 

William Franklin Draper
 William Franklin Draper



From preface:
It may seem presumptuous for a man of ordinary talent, such as I esteem myself, to write his Memoirs; the only good excuse, perhaps, being that his experiences have been out of the ordinary. I began to write simply with the view of leaving a record for my descendants; but as I wrote, it seemed to me that few lives had covered as wide a field as my own. 

My public experience, — as a soldier in time of war, a Member of Congress while great questions were under consideration, and a diplomat, also in wartime, — would be hard to equal in variety; and my private life covers invention in important lines, and a business career, commencing as an employee and closing as the head of a large industrial establishment, perhaps the largest in Massachusetts that is owned by its managers. 

I venture to believe that a portion of the great public may be interested in my story; but if not, no harm is done, as the book will serve the purpose for which it was originally intended.

The story of any life is incomplete without some reference to its ancestry, and I will commence mine by a brief account of my progenitors, back to the time of their leaving England for America. In the early part of the seventeenth century, Thomas Draper carried on the business of manufacturing and fulling cloth, at Heptonstall, Yorkshire, England. 

It appears that he had a number of looms, and used water power. His ancestors had followed this calling before him, and his American descendants have been connected in some way with the cloth-making industry substantially ever since. 

His son, James Draper, (1618-1694), called in the family records " The Puritan," came to this country, as nearly as can be ascertained, in the year 1647, accompanied by his wife, Miriam Stansfield Draper. He is mentioned in the public records in 1654 as one of the proprietors of the newly laid out town of Lancaster.

 He, however, did not settle there but remained in Roxbury, where he built a house, which stood until it was destroyed by fire about 1870. In an inventory of his estate appears an item of " looms and tackling," he has carried on a weaving business, employing about a dozen looms.
 
His son, James (1654-1698), in connection with Nathaniel Whiting, erected a fulling mill in Dedham, and also served as a soldier in the King Philip War. The largest item in the inventory of his estate, outside of his homestead, is an interest in mills at Dedham.
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  • Author: William Franklin Draper - William Franklin Draper (April 9, 1842 – January 28, 1910) was an American businessman, industrialist, and soldier who served as a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.
  • Publication date: 1908
  • Company:  Boston, Little, Brown, and company

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