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Draper, Eben Sumner, Jr. (1893-1959)



  • Existence: 1893 - 1959

Biographical Note

Eben Sumner Draper, Jr. was the husband of Hazel Archibald and brother-in-law of Norman S. Archibald.

Draper was born August 30, 1893 to Massachusetts Governor Eben Sumner and Nannie (Bristow) Draper. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1915 and shortly thereafter became briefly associated with the Draper Company. Draper was commissioned Provisional Army 2nd Lieutenant in 1917. He was sent to France and served in various capacities, seeing active service in battles at Soissons, the Marne, Aisne River, and Argonne. In October 1918 he received his captain's commission and on May 24, 1919 was honorably discharged. After World War I, he attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the National Guard, and served as a colonel during World War II.

Draper married Ruth Lawrence Carroll in 1919, and together had one daughter, Nancy Carroll Draper. They divorced in the early 1920s. On November 12, 1926, Draper married Hazel Marjory Archibald of Seattle, Washington.

In 1921 and 1922 Draper was elected as representative in the General Court of Massachusetts, and served in the State Senate from 1923 to 1926. In 1928 he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senator. He was responsible for the development and maintenance of his father's estate, The Ledges, after it became his property in 1914. Draper pursued various philanthropic enterprises, served as director and president of the Milford National Bank, as a trustee of the Suffolk Savings Bank of Boston, and as a director of the Draper Corporation. He died on April 17, 1959.


"Eben Sumner Draper, Jr." Sheltered from the Wicked World: Stories and Pictures from Hopedale's Past.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Norman "Jim" S. Archibald Collection

Identifier: 1986-10-10A
Abstract Norman "Jim" Silas Archibald (1894-1975) of Seattle, Washington served in the U.S. Army Air Service, 95th Aero Squadron during World War I, and later published a bestselling book on his experience. He served again in the Air Force during World War II at home in Seattle. The collection contains correspondence, military documents, photographs, and other materials relating to Archibald's life and military service.

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