Biography of Reuben Drake
Winona County, MN Biographies

REUBEN DRAKE was born in town of Redfield, Oneida county, New York, 1801, where he attended school and made his home till 1862, when he moved to Whitewater, Minnesota, having traded his property in Redfleld for 160 acres land situated near Minneiska; also bought ten acres adjoining village of Beaver. In 1832 our subject married Sophronia Ranney, and has been blessed with four children, born as follows: Ellen, born 1832, married in 1857, G. G. Knowles, died 1863; Jennette, born 1836, married in 1857 to J. R. Martin; Brayton, born 1838, was married to Miss Emily Hayes in 1862; Margaret, born 1842, married W. Buckingham in 1862. Our subject was appointed postmaster during the administration of Gen. Jackson fbr the town of Redfield, New York, which position with but short intervals he held till he moved to Whitewater valley, when he was again appointed under President Lincoln and held the position till 1881, being the oldest postmaster in the United States. In religion is a liberal thinker, in politics a staunch democrat.


FROM:
The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.

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