January 15, 2011
Hopedale in January
New slide shows on YouTube – Hopedale 2010 Hopedale Pond 2010
The Green Store – An interesting account of a very old country store that eventually became the Community Bible
It’s a bit early for the mid-month story, but I thought many of you in this area would be stuck in the house today
and would have some time for reading. For those of you reading this in warmer climates, I’ll put a picture or two
from Hopedale later today on the Hopedale in January page so you can see what you’re missing.
Governor Eben Sumner Draper
There was a lot more to Eben Sumner Draper’s life than his political career, but you have a life too, so I’ve cut a
longer biography down to just a few paragraphs on his public activities. Like any other governor, Eben had his
critics, but you won’t find any of their views in this piece.
Governor Draper has been interested in politics from his early youth. He has been associated with the political
interests of his father and General Draper, and active in support of the Republican policies, especially of
protection to American industries, for the past twenty-five years. He served as member of the Republican state
committee and was chairman in 1892. He was chairman of the Massachusetts delegation to the Republican
national convention in 1896, and gave efficient help in securing the adoption of the gold standard plank in the
platform upon which McKinley was elected. He was chairman of the Massachusetts delegation to the Nashville
(Tennessee) Exposition of 1897. He has been an active and influential member and officer of the Home Market
Club of Boston, and was president of the Republican Club of Massachusetts for two years.
Draper was elected lieutenant-governor of the Commonwealth in November, 1905, after one of the closest and
most memorable campaigns of recent years. Everything that money could do was done by a strong and
seasoned opponent to defeat him. The issue of tariff revision was made prominent. As a well-known political
journal expressed it: "In the face of time-servers, in the face of temporizers, Mr. Draper had the courage to stand
up and declare his own opinions with perfect candor on the matters of Canadian reciprocity and tariff adjustment.
It was the most courageous thing of a warm campaign and it promises to remain a standard for some time. The
family history and fortunes of the Drapers have been founded on the protective principle, and thousands of
employees whom they have gathered about them in Hopedale, which has been styled the prettiest manufacturing
town in the state, have grown to have the same general view of the economic situation.
He spoke on tariff adjustment, but while declaring himself a protectionist from the bottom of his heart, he said
that he was not one who held that tariff schedules were sacred and he was perfectly willing to trust the whole
matter to Congress." General Draper on the floor of the convention made his position clear. He opposed any
change of the tariff, believing in letting well enough alone. If the lieutenant-governor repeats his success at the
polls he will be, under the time-honored custom of Massachusetts, the next governor.
Although Governor Draper was too young to be in the civil war, his services during the Spanish War should be
mentioned here. He was one of those who appreciated that the government needed the prompt and liberal
assistance of all citizens in preparing for the war that found the country so unprepared for it. He was the leading
spirit and president of the Massachusetts Volunteer Aid Association and not the least of his tasks in that position
was raising $200,000 for the hospital ship "'Bay State." The other good works accomplished by that organization
have been often commended by the soldiers in the field.
A writer who knows Governor Draper well recently expressed his estimate of his character thus: "Eben S. Draper
has always had money in his family, but to his credit it can be said that he has helped to make it. If today, by any
sudden stroke of fate, it should come about that all his family possesses should be swept away, he has the
training so that he could go into the world and make a new fortune for himself.
He is regarded as the best type of New England manufacturer, polished by education, travel and excursions in
the fields of politics — a man to do honor to the state in every
Eben S. Draper married, November 21, 1883, Nannie Bristow, daughter of General Bristow, of Kentucky. He
(Bristow) served in President Grant's cabinet as secretary of the treasury. By his (Draper) marriage the following
children were born: Benjamin H. Bristow, born February 28, 1885 ; Dorothy, born November 22, 1890; Eben S.,
Jr., born August 30, 1893. Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of
Worcester County, Massachusetts, with a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity.
More about the governor. (Including evidence that his name was Eben, not Ebenezer as the state biography of
him has it.)
It seems that most people connected to the Draper family led fascinating lives. The governor’s father-in-law,
Benjamin Helm Bristow, was no exception. Click here to read the Wikipedia account of his life. (Benjamin Helm
Bristow was the grandfather of B.H. Bristow Draper.)
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