James S. Drake
Thankyou: LaGrange County Biography Ref. Page
JAMES S. DRAKE, of Drake & Merritt, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, February 18, 1852, the son of Maj. J.L. Drake, whose biography appears in this volume. At the age of fourteen, he came with his parents to La Grange, and attended the schools of this place. In 1870, he entered Hillsdale College, but discontinued in time to take a two years' course in the law department of the Universtiy at Ann Arbor, graduating in 1874. Mr. Drake then entered the law office of J.D. Ferrall, continuing as partner until 1877, when he opened an office alone. In 1879, he formed a partnership with his former classmate, Francis D. Merritt, asMessrs. Drake & Merritt. Since their connection with the bar of La Grange County, have had an increasing practice and now stand well up in their profession. In 1878, Mr. Drake was elected by the Republicans Procesuting Attorney for the Thirty-fourth Judical Circuit, and re-elected in 1880. January 2, 1877, he was united in marriage with Miss Amanda Clugston, daughter of John Clugston of this county.
Source: "1882 History LaGrange County, Indiana" by F.A.Battey & Co.., - Town of La Grange