Name: Drake, Charles
Category: Politics and Government
Born/Started: Apr. 11, 1811
Died/Ended: Apr. 01, 1892
Description: Charles Drake was an anti-Confederacy extremist who felt any Southern sympathizer should be punished as a traitor. Early in the Civil War, he urged the arming of free blacks and taking away all rights from those sympathetic to the rebellion. He Drake became one of the leaders of the Radical Republicans in Congress.
Born in Cincinnati, OH, Drake studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1833. A member of the Republican Party, he served in the Missouri’s House of Representatives from 1859 to1860 before being elected to the Senate in 1866. As a supporter of universal suffrage, he opposed the policies of President Andrew Johnson and voted for his impeachment in 1868.
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