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George Draper

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Weston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: 1887 (70)
Hopedale, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Ira Draper and Abigail Richards
Husband of Hannah Brown Draper
Father of Brig. General William F. Draper (USA); George A. Draper and Eben Sumner Draper, Governor

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About George Draper

George Draper began the world with an empty purse, but was richly endowed with mechanical genius, ambitious enterprise, shrewd intelligence, sound business judgment, and indomitable persistency of purpose. With these, and the faithful co-operation of a wf. rich in all the qualities necessary to match and compliment his own, he has successfully risen to wealth and distinction. He is still vigorously pushing his fortune, finding abundant opportunities to dispense liberally to public and private charities from the treasury of his large accumulations; and he has the high satisfaction of seeing his children well launched on the same sea of prosperous social and business enterprise. He and his family are too well and extensively known to justify further description. Adin Ballou, History of Milford, pp. 721 - 722.     


The Drapers were one of the leading families of Hopedale, a community that had been established as an experiment in Christian communal living. At the center of the community were a collection of factories principally engaged in the production of textile manufacturing equipment. Eben's father, a major shareholder of the community, capitalized on financial difficulties in the businesses and the informal means by which they were organized to gain complete control of them in the 1850s. He then took advantage of patents developed by his brother Ebenezer and protectionist tariffs to build a dominant monopoly position in the production of cotton textile processing machinery, and expanded his business interests to include a variety of other industrial manufacturing in Hopedale. All three of his sons were eventually drafted into the business.[2]

By the time Eben Draper graduated, his father controlled the largest plant for manufacturing cotton machinery in the world.[1]


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George Draper's Timeline

Weston, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
April 9, 1842
Age 25
Lowell, MA
November 4, 1855
Age 38
Hopedale, MA
June 17, 1858
Age 41
Hopedale, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Age 70
Hopedale, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States