Alexander Wilson Drake
- born near Westfield, N.J., in the year 1843

Alexander Wilson Drake engraver, was born near Westfield, N.J., in the year 1843; son of Isaac and Charlotte (Osborn) Drake. He studied wood engraving under John W. Orr of New York city, and under William Howland; and drawing under August Will, at Cooper union, and at the National academy of design. He was a teacher of drawing at Cooper union and took up the study of painting. He was in the wood engraving business on his own account in New York city from 1865 to 1870, when he accepted the position of art superintendent of Scribner's Monthly, which in 1881 became the Century Magazine. He organized the Bartholdi loan association which raised the money to build the pedestal for the statue of Liberty in New York harbor. He is the author of numerous contributions in prose and verse to current literature, and was elected a member of the Century association, the Players' and Grolier clubs, the Architectural league, the Municipal art league of New York, and the Caxton club of Chicago, Ill.