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Drake, Edwin Laurentinelocked

(29 March 1819–08 November 1880)
  • Edward L. Lach Jr.


Drake, Edwin Laurentine (29 March 1819–08 November 1880), petroleum industry pioneer, was born in Greenville, Green County, New York, the son of Lyman Drake, a farmer, and Linda Lee. When he was around the age of eight he relocated with his parents to Castleton, Vermont, where he completed a common school education and assisted on the family farm. At nineteen he left home for his uncle's farm in Michigan, stopping on the way to work for several months as a night clerk on a steamboat route that ran between Detroit and Buffalo....

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