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Drake, Francis Marion, soldier, merchant, lawyer, railroad president, banker, governor, philanthropist, was born Dec. 30, 1830, in Rushville, Ill. In 1852 he crossed the plains to Sacramento, Cal.; and while crossing Shell Creek, Neb., in command of twenty men, he had a severe engagement with 300 Pawnee Indians, which were defeated with a heavy loss. He subsequently was connected with his father, John Adams Drake, in the mercantile and milling business in Drakeville and Centerville, Iowa. In 1861 he enlisted and was commissioned captain of a company; served with distinction throughout the civil war, and was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers. After the war he became a noted lawyer, and subsequently was engaged in the railroad and banking business. He projected, constructed and put into operation five railroads; and has been president of the Indiana, Illinois and Iowa railroad company; president of the Albia and Centerville railroad company; president of Centerville national bank. In 1896-98 he was the fifteenth governor of Iowa. He died in 1903 in Centerville, Iowa.